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Parshat Nitzavim

By: Rabbi Jason Rozen

In the opening scene of this week’s Parsha, the Jewish People have been gathered by Moshe Rabeinu just before their entry to the Holy Land for one final covenant.  Moshe begins his address and says:  “You are all standing this day before the Lord, your God the leaders of your tribes, your elders and your officers, every man of Israel,” (Devarim 29:9)

The conquest of Eretz Yisrael can only happen through the strength of Klal Yisrael- a united Jewish People.  Even more than that, it is  Eretz Yisrael that gives us this unique ability to unite the Jewish People.  Through the power of Klal Yisrael we can conquer our enemies.  

The Shem MiShmuel, the Rebbe of Sochatchov, teaches that perhaps this is why Parshat Nitzavim is read right before Rosh Hashana.  On Rosh Hashana there is an intensification of focus on the “Klal”- a focus on the totality of creation and the Jewish People.  This parsha reminds us that so much more can be accomplished when we act united and not alone.  

The young women of Midreshet Amit have such a invaluable opportunity.
From where they are “Nitzavim”- standing- there is a lot they would like to conquer.  There are goals, hopes, and prayers that are in our heart as we enter the Yamim Noraim.  Let us remember this Parsha and the words of the Shem Mishmuel- Don’t stand alone! With our peers and community we have tremendous strength to accomplish even what we thought was impossible.