Friday, September 19, 2014

Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech, 5774/2014 edition

Basics and oldies here.

Come on, folks, even Moshe (Moses) himself says that he's gettin' old and can't get around anymore.  Why does the text, both in earlier parashiot and here, insist that the only reason why he can't enter the promised land is that he sinned?  Does there have to be a theological explanation for everything?  What's wrong with a natural one?

Conservadox puts in a pitch for "the secret things" being a reference to moral and scientific progress.

~ Rav Shai Held says that the ancient hak'hel gathering reminds us of our debt to HaShem and our identity as a community of brothers and sisters in HaShem's covenant.

~ Rav Shlomo Riskin, himself a baal t'shuvah/"returnee" to Orthodox Judaism (a term that he disputes) is optimistic about the prospects for all Jews becoming baalei t'shuvah in "historic times."

~ Rav Dov Linzer insists that all Jews are responsible for embracing the covenant and transmitting Torah.


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