D’varim (Deuteronomy) 29:9-30:20
Thoughts on Parshat Nitzavim: Sharing Life Together in the Wilderness
As we prepare for Rosh haShanah, in our study of Torah, Moses approaches the end of his life — he wraps up his discourse with the people, who are gathered together awaiting entry into the Promised Land. Moses ends on a positive note, reaffirming and renewing the covenant between the people and God. The Torah asks that we choose life, despite our challenges and other inducements that will arise in our lives, complicating and even obscuring our choices. As Moses begins to take leave of the people, empowering Joshua to lead, he beseeches the Priests to read the Torah to the people on a regular cycle, so that the words do not depart from the people and the power and majesty of God remains in the center.