September 15, 2012 – Parshat Nitzavim – “What do we need to rediscover?”
Only seven weeks ago we began our countdown to Rosh Hashana together. In that first posting I understood the torah portion to be offering us all “an invitation to locate the place, either in or outside of ourselves, where we can enter into the game of sacred hide and seek with The One.” Today, on this last shabbat of the Jewish year 5772, wherever we or The One are hiding, it’s time to find each other – to say, “I found You, I love You,” and whatever else needs to be said. And, to laugh and to continue to play together.
“Atem nitzavim hayom kulchem…/You stand this day, all of you…before the One…to enter into a sacred covenant…”(Deut. 29:9-11).
How do we do this? By turning, by engaging tshuva, by taking the time on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur to appreciate our blessings in the year that is passing and our hopes for the year that is beginning. Later in this week’s portion we learn that this Instruction is not too baffling, or beyond our reach, or in the heavens. Rather, it is very close to us, in our mouths and in our hearts. (Deut. 30:11-14) The New Year is a gift to all of us to restart, to recharge, and to return and to rediscover that which is already within each of us.
Shabbat shalom and shana tova – a good, sweet and healthy New Year,