Rabbi Adam Ruditsky: Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Rabbi Ruditsky addresses the concept of T’shuvah, as described by Isaiah—idolatry and mistreatment of others—raising the issue of social concerns in the community.  The Rabbis connect his message to all generations that follow, reflecting Moses’ message in Nitzavim, that the Covenant applies to everyone, even those who were not, nor will be, present at the occasion. Please follow the link below to read his full article:

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, zl: Parashat Ki Tavo

Rabbi Sacks addresses the question “Who Am I?”  He writes about God identifying Godself as “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob…”.  When Moses wonders who he is, God lets him know that he is essentially an Israelite, although he has spent most of his life to date as an Egyptian or a Midianite.  Thus, identity is also tied to genealogy.  Thus, in Ki Tavo, the Israelites are instructed to say “My father was a wandering Aramean…” when bringing the offering of first-fruits to the priest.