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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Nitzavim 2106

Nitzavim: Turning Toward, Tuning In

This week’s reading (Nitzavim/You are Standing) comes just before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Because of this proximity, commentators old and new are drawn to the High Holiday themes that they find within it. And perhaps the most important theme is teshuvah.  I’m reluctant to translate that word into English. The most common rendering is “repentance”, but […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Nitzavim

Nitzavim: Community

This week’s Torah portion opens with a powerful invocation, addressed to the entire community. You, all of you, stand this day, all of you, before YHVH  your God–tribal heads, elders, and officers, all of the men of Israel, children, women, the stranger within your camp, woodchoppers and water drawers–to enter into YHVH your God’s covenant, […]

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