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By Rabbi Yonassan Biggs

PARSHAT HASHAVUA - PARSHAT NITZAVIM , BY RABBI YONASSAN BIGGS פרשת השבוע - פרשת ניצבים, מאת הרב יונתן ביגס, חב"ד

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 Shalom and Bracha!

  May Hashem bless you, your entire family and all of those who are dear to you together with the entire Jewish people with a healthy, happy, prosperous successful and sweet new year and may we see the redemption through Moshiach immediately!

  Although Rosh Hashanah is Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of the Hebrew month), this Shabbat we do not say Birkat Hachodesh (The blessing for the new month that is recited the Shabbat before each new month). This is in keeping with the allusion to Rosh Hashanah as Bakesseh, which means hidden. The customs of saying the entire Tehillim (Psalms) and having a special gathering in honor of Shabbat Mevarchim, both instituted by the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchock Schneerson, in order to elicit Hashem’s blessings, are observed this Shabbat. The Baal Shem Tov taught that Hashem Himself blesses the upcoming month this Shabbat, and with the power of His blessing the Jewish people bless the other eleven months.

  This Shabbat we read the portion of Nitzavim, which is always read before Rosh Hashanah. The opening of the portion teaches a lesson that is central to our approach to the High Holidays. The portion begins “You are all standing today united before Hashem your G-d; from the heads of your tribes… until your water carriers to enter the covenant of Hashem.”

  The Alter Rebbe explains in Likutei Torah that this verse refers to Rosh Hashanah. The Torah teaches that our connection with Hashem is a covenant. A covenant is a bond that transcends logic. When two people have a great love for each other, they create a covenant, a bond, so that even if at some point they have difficulties with each other or they don’t see each other for a period of time, they remain united. The exact term in the verse is ‘L’avrcha Bivrit” which means to pass through a covenant. The ancient way of making a covenant was to slice something in half and for both parties to pass through, symbolizing that they became as one body. Our connection with Hashem is a covenant. Even if we have strayed, we are one.

  The Torah says that we must stand as one. Unity is the key to Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the day when we coronate Hashem as our King. In the Rosh Hashanah prayers we say “There shall be in Yeshurun a King when then people are gathered, the tribes of Israel are united.” When there is unity, we can accept Hashem’s Kingship. When there is a divided nation, we diminish the coronation.

Further, unity is there source of all blessings. When Hashem sees His children united, it awakens His love and forgiving. Each day way pray, “Barcheinu Avinu Kulanu K’echad B’or Panecha” which means bless us our Father all together in your countenance. When there is unity, there is blessing.

  Further, unity is the key to Moshiach’s coming. Strife was that cause of the destruction of the Temple and unity will be the key to the coming of Moshiach.

  The path to unity is illuminated in the verse. The Torah says that you are all standing in front of Hashem. When I look at my neighbor I must remember that just as Hashem made me an integral part of His creation, so did He make my neighbor. Helping my neighbor reach his perfection helps my reach mine. In Hashem’s eyes we are all limbs of one body: if limbs are in conflict, they damage themselves.

  Further, in order for our prayers to be answered, we must look at others with the perspective that we want Hashem to view us. Throughout the prayers, we beseech Hashem to overlook our mistakes and view us as the children of the forefathers. We must look at each other in that vein in order to elicit the same approach by Hashem. The upcoming year is a year of Hakhel, when the entire Jewish people gathered in the Temple to hear words of Torah, and the message of unity is intensified multifold.

  The portion concludes with Hashem’s vow to the forefathers to give the land of Israel to the Jewish people. May we immediately merit that the entire land of Israel by returned to us forever and we will celebrate the great Hakhel through the coming of Moshiach.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Biggs

  Rabbi Yonassan Biggs is from Chabad of Great Neck, NY. His website is: http://www.chabadgn.com/
 
 

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