We are all standing here today before G-d, about to enter the land of Israel and about to bring in the new year by declaring G-d’s sovereignty over all of creation. The messages of parashat Nitzavim – entering a covenant with G-d, taking responsibility for ourselves and for one another, and acknowledging that the perfection of creation is in man’s ability to do teshuvah – to return to G-d – are the very same messages of Rosh HaShana, the awesome day on which all mankind stands before G-d and acknowledges that He is King and we are His beloved servants.
Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20)
Parashat Nitzavim is read on Shabbat:
Elul 28, 5775/September 12, 2015