Sunday, August 29

Preschool Parsha - Nitzvaim/ Vayelech


This week we have a double portion. We are winding down. Moses is finishing his retelling and reminding in preparation for his imminent death. After all this, B'Nai Yisrael make a new covenant with HaShem. Why? Because none of those (except Joshua and Moses) were alive when the first covenant was made. They did not witness the miracles or the plagues. All they know is wandering. But the time for wandering is over and it is time to commit to a new life.

Moses teaches "The law is not too hard nor too difficult to understand." Keep trying you will get there. You have to study and do Teshuva. Torah is not way up in the sky nor far away across the sea. It is very close to you. It is in your mouth and in your heart

All the people, men, women and children, gather. Moses explains, "You can keep the Torah or abandon the Torah; that's your choice. No one can force you to be a tzadik if you don't want to be one. But just remember the consequences of abandoning the Torah: If you lack it in life you lose it in Olam Habah. Moses makes a final plea: "Choose life by loving the Eternal your G-d, keeping G-d's laws and following G-d's way." (Deuteronomy 30:20)

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