This week features:
Parashat Nitzavim Revisited: Standing Firm in a World Gone Mad
Plain Talk About the Eternal, Non-Negotiable Covenant Between G-d and Israel
This week’s double Torah reading of Nitzavim-Vayelech opens with Moshe’s renewal of G-d’s covenant with Israel. In these words spoken on the last day of his life, Moshe Rabbeinu emphasizes that every future generation of Israel is included in this relationship: “Not with you alone do I seal this covenant…but with who is here, standing with us today…and with whoever is not here with us today.”
What is the nature of this unique, non-negotiable covenant? Can’t I get off the train? Sorry, nothing doing… Israel is in this deal forever. It’s part of our DNA; our connection with G-d, so easily misunderstood, is the most basic fact of who we are. But a covenant goes two ways: Israel is forever obligated to represent G-d in this world, and G-d, in turn, guarantees the eternity of the Jewish people. Take a break from the runaway madness of today’s headlines and tune into this week’s penultimate Temple Talk of the year 5773, as Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman expound upon the promises of repentance and redemption, and speculate on the mysteries of Jewish survival, Jewish destiny… and the secret of Jewish neurosis. Cancel that appointment with your analyst: all you need to be normal is to study parshat Netzavim!