Mazeltov to Esther Chazen on the occasion of her grandson Aaron Chazen’s engagement to Hannah daughter of Sol and Lauren Swartz    Mazeltov to Leora daughter of Michael and Shereen Fisher on the occasion of her engagement to Brad son of Aubrey and Hazel Rosen     Mazeltov to Cayli daughter of Laurence and Marice Smith on the occasion of her engagement to Yaron son of Manny and Dafna Sher    Mazeltov to Adam and Romy Presky, on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Chonnie and Heather Becker    Mazeltov to Gabriel son of Selwyn and Roz Smith, on his engagement to Michal daughter of Boris and Tricia Benari

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PARASHAT NITZAVIM

PARASHAT NITZAVIM – A Summary

 

On the day of Moshe’s death, he assembles the whole Jewish people and creates a Covenant confirming the Jewish people as the Almighty’s Chosen People for all future generations. Moshe makes clear the consequences of rejecting G-d and His Torah as well as the possibility of repentance. He reiterates that Torah is readily available to everyone. He warns us against idolatry (thinking anything other than G-d has power) and assures us that eventually the Jewish people will do teshuva (repent) and will be redeemed and brought back to the land of Israel, and those who hate the Jewish people and pursue us will get their just recompense.

Nitzavim concludes with perhaps the clearest and most powerful statement in the Torah about the purpose of life and the existence of freewill: “I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil … the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life that you may live, you and your descendants.” Now that’s a real Quote for the Week! (Aish HaTorah)

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