Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi

Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi
Portrait of Hacham Agassi painted by Mrs Ruth Gila, Beit Meir , Israel

Friday, July 29, 2016

Parshat Nitzavim
פרשת נצבים

We learn that on this day- הַיּוֹם, the day of Final Assembly, Moses brought the Jewish People into the Covenant of Hashem and just as at the time of the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, and all future Jewish souls were in attendance.

You are standing this day/today all of you before Hashem your G-d
 אַתֶּם נִצָּבִים הַיּוֹם כֻּלְּכֶם לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם

At the end of the Parsha we read that the Heavens and Earth on this dayהַיּוֹם were a witness to the gathering.

  I call to bear witness before you this day/today the Heavens and the Earth,
that the life and the death I have set before you, the blessing and the curse
הַעִדֹתִי בָכֶם הַיּוֹם אֶת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת הָאָרֶץ  הַחַיִּים
וְהַמָּוֶת נָתַתִּי לְפָנֶיךָ הַבְּרָכָה וְהַקְּלָלָה
4099 +13 words=4112=8

Just as the Heavens and Earth bore witness on that day so are they present every day. They are an eternal witness of “Today”- and “This Day”- הַיּוֹם.So long as the Heavens and Earth exist we are constantly on trial.

   And you shall choose life, that you shall live, you and your offspring
וּבָחַרְתָּ בַּחַיִּים לְמַעַן תִּחְיֶה אַתָּה וְזַרְעֶךָ

 3698=26=8 (final letters)

The words of Moses ring true today as they did when they were spoken. In fact he is reciting them to us today and every day as every day is ONE DAY like the previous one and the following one.

And you shall choose life- Today!

וּבָחַרְתָּ בַּחַיִּים -הַיּוֹם!


Moses son of Amram
מֹשֶׁה בֶּן עַמְרָם


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