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Other people may not understand this. Apparently well-meaning and reasonable people might advise their Jewish friend: “Why bother? Take the easy way out.”
Do we really need the Torah to tell us to “choose life”? Which person of sound mind would choose death?
This week's Torah reading begins Atem nitzavim, "You are standing here today, all of you... from the heads of tribes... to the woodcutters and water-drawers." The commentaries explain that nitzavim in Hebrew means "standing firm." This verse teaches us th...
For an informed reading of Isaiah 61:10–63:9
The joy of young newlyweds is used by the prophet to describe the kind of joy we will experience.
For the haftarah of Nitzavim, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
This week we read the seventh haftorahIsaiah 61:10-63:9. of consoling. It is always read on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah. It is read with the portion of Nitzavim (and sometimes, Nitzavim-Vayelech) What is the connection between this haftorah and Rosh ...
The gatekeepers proclaimed, “Dear G‑d, as we don’t merit being Your faithful gatekeepers, please accept Your keys.”
"See, I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil... Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse... And you shall choose life..." (Deuteronomy 30:15-19). These three sentences represent three dimensions of choice -- compelled ...
A bat or bar mitzvah is not a “confirmation.” It involves no voluntary acceptance of Jewish identity. That choice took place more than three thousand years ago.
Every individual possesses some unique advantage over every other. Each member of the nation has some positive quality that is unique to him or her. Every individual is uniquely needed and indispensable.
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