Editor, Daveed Fakheri 
سردبیر داوید فاخری
English, September 4 . 2010
 Iranian, Shahrivar 13 . 1389
Hebrew Israeli, Elul 29 . 5770

Rembrandt, Moses with the Tablets, 1659

Text with Rashi's commentary

טאַתֶּם נִצָּבִים הַיּוֹם כֻּלְּכֶם לִפְנֵי יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם רָאשֵׁיכֶם שִׁבְטֵיכֶם זִקְנֵיכֶם וְשֹׁטְרֵיכֶם כֹּל אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל:

9. You are all standing this day before the Lord, your God the leaders of your tribes, your elders and your officers, every man of Israel,

אתם נצביםמלמד שכנסם משה לפני הקב"ה ביום מותו להכניסם בברית:

You are all standing: [The verse says, “this day,” which] teaches us that on the day of his death, Moses assembled Israel in the presence of the Holy One, Blessed is He, to bring them into [His] covenant.
ראשיכם שבטיכםראשיכם לשבטיכם:

the leaders of your tribes: Heb. שִׁבְטֵיכֶם רָאשֵׁיכֶם, [lit., “your leaders, your tribes,” referring to two separate entities, which does not make sense here because “your tribes” includes the leaders. Rather, this means here:] “The leaders of your tribes.
זקניכם ושטריכםהחשוב חשוב קודם ואחר כך כל איש ישראל:

your elders and your officers: [We learn from the order in this verse that] the more distinguished ones were mentioned first, and after this: “every man of Israel.”

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Energy of the Week: Parshas Nitzavim/Vayelech

This week is a double portion, Netzavim/standing and VaYelech/going.
The first portion begins with the words “You are all standing this day before Hashem…the leaders of your tribes, your elders and your officers, every man of Israel.” (29:9)
The second portion begins with the words “And Moshe went, and he spoke the following words to all Israel.” (31:1)
We begin with ‘standing’, and then continue with ‘moving.’
When we stand completely firm, unwavering and balanced, we are capable of forward movement that is steady and directed.

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech

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.......... Of what do we speak? Of what do we dream? Our clothes do not matter. Our outward appearance is not what we need to continue to win God’s affection. It will be our dreams, our goals, our vision for the world the will result in God declaring, “I desire these peop

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