Parshat Nitsavim


רְאֵה נָתַתִּי לְפָנֶיךָ הַיּוֹם, אֶת-הַחַיִּים וְאֶת-הַטּוֹב, וְאֶת-הַמָּוֶת, וְאֶת-הָרָע.

Look closely – I have placed before you today life and good, and death and evil…

This passage (Devarim 30:15-19) is probably my favorite in the whole Torah as it beautifully encompasses what The Torah means for me: God has given us a set of rules so that we may live but he has also given us the freedom to make choices.

While reading Beyond Survival by Shimon Apisdorf, I came upon an insightful appreciation of these verses.

Ultimately, every significant choice we make is a choice between life and death. On Rosh Hashanah we not only pray to be inscribed for ayear of life, we also strive to commit ourselves to living the kind of life that fills our existence with goodness, spirituality, love and true human beauty – with life.


6 thoughts on “Parshat Nitsavim

  1. What a beautiful and serene photo…such a lovely scene.

    Our choices can lead us down the right paths, if we make the correct ones. If not, we then are left with the repercussions.

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