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Parshah Nitzavim is read on the last Shabbat of the year, the last Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, and the last Shabbat before the month of Tishrei. Unlike the last Shabbat before each month, when we bless the new month, Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish calendar is the only month we’re not blessing. Why? according to chasidut, we don’t bless the month of Tishrei because God is blessing this month himself.

אַתֶּ֨ם נִצָּבִ֤ים הַיּוֹם֙ כֻּלְּכֶ֔ם לִפְנֵ֖י יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֑ם רָאשֵׁיכֶ֣ם שִׁבְטֵיכֶ֗ם זִקְנֵיכֶם֙ וְשֹׁ֣טְרֵיכֶ֔ם כֹּ֖ל אִ֥ישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
You stand this day, all of you, before the LORD your God—your tribal heads, your elders and your officials, all the men of Israel.

Based on Targum on Iyov 2:1: “You (the Jewish people) stand this day”, “this day” refers to Rosh Hashanah, the day of judgement, when the Jewish people remain nitzavim, standing, indicating they pass the judgement.

טַפְּכֶ֣ם נְשֵׁיכֶ֔ם וְגֵ֣רְךָ֔ אֲשֶׁ֖ר בְּקֶ֣רֶב מַחֲנֶ֑יךָ מֵחֹטֵ֣ב עֵצֶ֔יךָ עַ֖ד שֹׁאֵ֥ב מֵימֶֽיךָ׃
your children, your wives, even the stranger within your camp, from wood chopper to water drawer.

Return to God


© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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