Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech

This week we read the double portion of Nitzavim-Vayeilech. Towards the end of Nitzavim, Moses tells the people that the Torah is neither high in the heavens nor across the sea, but it is very close, and therefore accessible and doable. This is a very important message as we enter the final week before Rosh Hashana. As we look to improve ourselves and possibly find something new to observe for 5781, we must always remember that the Torah is indeed close to us, and its observance is part of our special soul given us by HaShem himself. When we observe the Torah, we honor G-d as our creator, paying homage to the source of everything we are and all that we have. If we recognize this, we will not stray from His path. Have a wonderful Shabbos.

Rabbi Evan B. Rubin