Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 20, 2011

Nitzaveem – Vayailech – Standing and He Went

This week is a double portion, Netzveem – Vayailech.  The Parsha Netzaveem, always comes before Rosh Hashona as it implies the concept of standing before the Creator, to be judged for the New Year.

It is not surprising then to find the Mitzvah of Teshuva, repentance – returning to the proper path, discussed in the Parsha.  The Torah states clearly that the Mitzvah of Teshuva ‘is not to hard for your or not to far off’ — ‘the word is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart so that you may do it.’  (It is almost like calling a press conference and announcing you are going into rehab and all is forgiven).  (This is not a knock against rehab -but the ‘mouth’ announcement alone to the press is not sufficient – it requires and ‘in your heart’ -sincerity.)

After Shabbat, late at night, we will start saying Selichot until Rosh Hashonah for some  and Yom Kippur for others.  Many Jews have already started from the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul saying Selichot or special prayers as well as blowing the Shofar.  Obviously the ‘mouth’ is working but the key is to impact on the heart.   Again not that the Torah says..not too hard for you or not to far off;.  The heart is right inside each person constantly pumping fresh blood throughout the body.  The heart is ‘not far’ and we are assured that it is not too hard.  We can touch are hearts and stimulate the heart to pump ‘fresh’ — clean blood – new life throughout our entire body.  We soon conclude the Hebrew month of Elul, which stands for the phrase “Ani Lidodee Vidodee Le –  I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me” – the ‘love affair’ between the Jewish Nation and the Creator.  Let’s get that heart feeling and pumping the blood – the good soul – of each individual to do the correct things in life.

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