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You Stand Here This Day—— PARSHA NITZAVIM
August 29, 2013, 4:49 pm
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The parsha begins ”You stand this day all of you before Yhv”h Elohech”a”. The sages say the day referred to here is Rosh Hashanah.

As every word of the Torah is precious. One can find so much meaning to its voice. Its written ” Not with you alone will I make this covenant and this oath; But with him who stands here with us this day before Yhv”h Elohech”a and also with him who is not here with us this day” (29:13-14). The Torah is Eternal as hinted by ” also with him who is not here with us this day”.

Its further written ”you will enter into covenant with Yhv”h Elohech”a, and into his oath, which the Yhv”h Elohech”a makes with you this day. That He may establish you today for a Nation to himself ”. This is what it is to be the Nation of Israel. The nation of GOD. Who here makes a covenant with us. Concerning this Covenant a few verses later GOD reminds us ”It should come to pass, when one hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart, Yhv”h will not spare him (18-20).

This warning concerns those who simply don’t care about Judaism. They say, “ I will be fine , If I live my life any way I want to, God does not care what we do. “

Apparently God isn’t that tolerant. As for such a one He uses the metaphor of wormwood.

This helps us to understand and explain god’s great anger at times against the Jewish people ?

The Parsha clearly tells us one thing that is sure to arouse Divine wrath as its written :

Because they forsook the covenant of HaShem, the G-d of their fathers, which He made with them when He

brought them forth out of the land of Egypt. “

(Devarim 29:17-24)

   Now standing in front of the Jewish people are noble men but they are not educated in Divine wisdom-Torah Knowledge. Many even naked of knowledge of Torah law. Only with knowledge is one given free choice. One would not know that the creator has forbidden growing two different types of plants close together unless one read this in the Torah. Then we know what to do. Without this knowledge there is not free choice. Without knowledge of the Torah one ends up with a different kind of life, so the generations changed. Most of us have heard stories of our religious ancestors. But a lack of Torah knowledge can rip away faith in the Divine God, the giver of the Law from generations. Creating a Jewish culture with different values not necessarily focused concerning piety, holiness, or respect for Torah, which is their heritage. Jewish youths found delight and closeness to God meditating on the Midrash (Ancient Jewish spiritual texts). When the House of learning Torah was the community gathering place. Today instead they gather at basketball games and parties. Yet the mitzvoth are not profane or ordinary, but they are Holy purifying and sanctifying the Jewish people revealing Godliness and also in all worlds. In a generation where every one wants to be part of the fad and fashion and no one wants to be left out. It is difficult to live as an individual with the uniqueness and distinctiveness of the one God and one people. Thus there is intermarriage, indifference and assimilation. Yet there are those that see GOD as omnipotent and believe it is under his laws, values and concepts we must love. Others can be found among our people that do not believe in a God that is effected by man. It will be between these and those that the future of the Jewish people and The State of Israel will be decided. Will Jerusalem be a reflection of the Heavens of Holiness; this cannot be accomplished by secularism alone, nor by impassionate religion resulting from spiritual starvation, creating a comfortable convenient Judaism. Which is something like playing ” Charade ”. In our parsha stands the famous words 

What is hidden is for Yhv”h our God, and

what is revealed is for us and our children

forever, to fulfill all the words of this Torah”

(Devarim 29:28)

There are certain very elevated levels of God’s revelations which are entirely beyond human comprehension and perceptions. It is forbidden for us to delve into these matters at all. They are “what is hidden is for Yhv”h our God.” The highest levels are not for us – they are only for GOD Himself.

What is hidden is for Yhv”h our God”

Our sages say “One who looks into these four concepts, it would have more merciful for him not to have been born: what exists

above the boundaries of Creation; what is below those boundaries; what existed before Creation; and what will exist after Creation ceases

to be. And one who does not respect his Master’s honor, it would have been more merciful for him if he had not come into the world to begin with” (Chagigah 11b). Our Sages also tell us, “Until this level, you have permission to understand and discuss.From here and above, you do not have permission to discuss. For this is what it says in the Book of Ben Sira: ‘What is above you, do not in quire into, and what is covered up for you, do not investigate. Reflect on what is permitted for you; you have nothing to do with hidden matters’” (Chagigah 13a) “It is GOD’s honor to conceal those matters” (Mishle 25:2). “What is hidden is for Yhv”h our God,” This also refers to the the impact of our mitzvot in the higher worlds, which we cannot see. If we knew how great the results of the mitzvot were upon grown of your own soul and the fixing they make in all worlds we would loose our free will. So this providence is hidden.

In the Midrash on the Book of Vayikra Rabbi Yishmael said, come see how severe is the Day of Judgment. A Jew who has learned the Bible but not Mishnah is approached for judgment, Because he has not studied Mishnah, “the Holy One, blessed be He, turns His Face away from him… Next to approach is one who has learned two or three [of the six] Orders [of the Mishnah]. The Holy One, blessed be He, says to him, ‘My son, all the halachot (meaning the Mishnayot), why did you not study them?’ Then one approaches who has learned halachot (the entire Mishnah ). He says to him, ‘My son, why did you not study Torat Cohanim’. This line of questioning continues until a Torah scholar fluent in the Talmud approaches. GOD says to him, “My son, since you engaged in Talmud, did you also study the Maaseh Merkavah (the secrets of the Divine Chariot) ? ”

What is revealed is for us and our children forever” refers to

the aspects of the Torah including its secrets that are our portion which is “required” of us are that which can be applied to enhancing our service of GOD doing God’s Commandments. Only by this may we achieve complete fulfillment of the mitzvot. As Rabbi Hayyim Vital explains that the glory and beauty of Torah lies in comprehension

of its profound spiritual meaning. Only through the study of the secrets of the Torah can and will the true inner reasons of the commandments become revealed. Without this knowledge it is not possible for us to understand much about the commandments, but only a very limited perspective. Many times “halachah” (Jewish Law)

is based on deep, esoteric Kabbalistic secrets. Our great Sefardic Torah sages like the Hidda and the Ben Ish Chai explained many of these Kabbalistic practices found in halachah and revealed more then were know to most men in the European Jewish comunities. in their words we are guided by to this day.

For example how does Tefillin and Sitzet work. What is the method of obtaining prayer of “Ruach ha Kodesh” (The Holy Spirit). The answers to these questions can only be found in the secrets of the Torah. The Arizal explains that the mitzvot we do bring repair to this world. When we fulfill a mitzvah, we bring together the letters of GOD’s Name. This is called “yichud” (unifying). When we sin, we tear them apart, causing “perud” (separation).


The parsha concludes saying ” love Yhv”h Elohech”a, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave to him; for he is your life, and the length of your days; that you may live in the land which Yhv”h swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

So let us all , as in this parsa accept upon ourselves the kingship of GOD this RoshHashanah, and become the nation of Israel spoken of here in our parsha so that we may see the words in our parsha fulfilled ”. And Yhv”h Elohech”a will put all these curses upon your enemies, and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.” (7:30) With the arrival of our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.