50 Nitsavim-Vayelech

 אַתֶּם נִצָּבִים הַיּוֹם כֻּלְּכֶם לִפְנֵי יְהוה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם רָאשֵׁיכֶם שִׁבְטֵיכֶם זִקְנֵיכֶם וְשֹׁטְרֵיכֶם כֹּל אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל׃ 

Today you are standing, all of you, before Adonai your God  your heads, your tribes, your leaders and your officers  all the men of Israel

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

Sept. 12
2020

Nitzavim “Standing”

Vayelech “Will walk”

Deut. 29:9-31:30

Isaiah 60:10-62:9

Romans 9:30-10:13

 

Parashat Nitzavim is a very rich portion of the Torah readings that “puts the monkey on your back”. It forces us, those who believe the Word of God, to make a conscious choice for our life and lifestyle. The choices that the Torah forces us to make are some of the most important choices of life, or if you wish, of death. In our days, in the post-modern culture, the religious establishment avoids forcing constituents to make life-changing choices. Nitzavim is a very important for every believer in the word of God, and especially to believers in Yeshua the Messiah by the words in Deut. 29:28 The secret things belong to Adonai our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever—in order to do all the words of this Torah.

Parashat Vayelech, Moses was commanded to come with Joshua to the opening of the tent of meeting, where the role of being the leader officially transferred over to Joshua. Inside the tent of meeting, Moses received a prophecy from God. In this prophecy, God told Moses that the children of Israel will stray from the path of the Torah, and that all the evils and curses described in the previous parashot will occur. Also found in this week’s reading is the Song of Moses. After he wrote it, he gathered all the children of Israel together to hear it. This poem is both a prophecy as well as a reminder of what will happen in the future; we will read it in next week’s Torah portion