Nitzavim – September 11th, 2015

S.T.A.R.’s upcoming exciting events:

This Shabbat:

  • Friday Candle Lighting: 6:47 pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 7:33 pm

Torah Message:

Little David

“You are all standing today…” (29:9)

Who would have thought that anti-Semitism would make such a virulent comeback?

As a schoolboy in 1967 I remember reading the Sunday Times reporting the Six Day War. You would have thought that the English army had just won the war. Plucky little David against the Arab Goliath.

And now, little David has been recast as the “blood-thirsty Goliath” devouring the “hapless waifs” of Gaza.

“And it was evening, and it was morning…” (Bereishet 1:5) The Torah teaches us that the natural world starts in darkness and then comes the light.

“You are all standing today…”

The existence of the Jewish People in this world is like the natural cycle of nature. Just as night precedes day, so is the story of the Jewish People. It is a story that begins with persecution, hardship and exile — and ends with redemption and light.

As our Sages teach us, “The beginning of the righteous is hardship, and their end, tranquility.”

As the old year and its curses comes to an end, may G-d bless us that the new year and its blessings will bring a world that will finally recognize that the G-d of Israel is the supreme King of Kings and that His sovereignty is upon all things!

  • Sources: based on No’am Megadim in Mayana Shel Torah