Reaffirming the Covenant, Reclaiming the Dream (Nitzavim-Vayelech, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30)

By Judith RosenbaumThis week’s (double) Torah portion, Nitzavim-Vayelech, opens with a scene of great collective drama: the entire community of Israel — men, women and children; leaders and strangers; woodcutters and water drawers — stand together before Moses and God, poised to enter the Promised Land. The 40 years of wandering since their exodus from Egypt has led them to this moment, in which they must reaffirm their covenant with God and take hold of the responsibility to follow in God’s … [Read more...]