Torah Portion: Nitzavim |נצבים
Our Torah portion this week begins with the phrase "Atem Nitzavim hayom." The word Nitzavim can be translated as "stand," or, according to Onkolos, the ancient Aramaic translation, as "exist." Hence the first words of our parashah mean "you stand here today" or "you exist today." Always preceding Rosh Hashanah, this phrase serves as an annual reminder to be grateful for making it to another New Year. Whatever challenges we may have faced through the year and whatever mistakes we have made, we are here on the cusp of another year, a year filled with possibilities for renewal and change. At this season we are standing here, we exist, and for this we are grateful. In the New Year, may we grow in compassion and wisdom and may we contribute to creating a world that is more just and at peace.
L'Shanah Tova and Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Gersh Zylberman