This week we are studying the Torah portion Nitzavim. This portion is all about choosing life. Moshe exhorts the people by saying,
“Surely, this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach.
It is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?”
Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who among us can cross to the other side of the sea and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?”
No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it.
See, I set before you this day life and prosperity, death and adversity.
For I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His laws, and His rules, that you may thrive and increase, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land that you are about to enter and possess.” (Deuteronomy 30:11-16)
You may decide to read the portion in one sitting, or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.
This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:
1: 29:9-11 (3 p’sukim)
2: 29:12-14 (3 p’sukim)
3: 29:15-28 (14 p’sukim)
4: 30:1-6 (6 p’sukim)
5: 30:7-10 (4 p’sukim)
6: 30:11-14 (4 p’sukim)
7: 30:15-20 (6 p’sukim)
In addition to the Torah portion, the haftarah portion is Isaiah 61:10 – 63:9.
The accompanying psalm to be read on Shabbat for this week’s portion is 81.
Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.
Torah Study Materials
Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson
The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Devarim by Dr. Hollisa Alewine
The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.
Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton
*NEW* Torah portion Nitzavim by R’ Daniel Kayes Thomson
Mussar (Personal Character Development)
This week, we will focus on the middah (character trait) ahavah which is translated as love. Ahava is not love in the sense of desire, but rather has more to do with the act of giving.
Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Ahavah (Love). Under this attribute, write out the suggested practices from the video above. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.
- To increase love of Hashem:
- Observe His creation.
- Practice gratitude.
- Pray with intention.
- To increase love of others:
- Be willing to do a favor even if involves a disruption to your own life.
- Practice being calm in conversation.
- Be forgiving of others when they do wrong.
- Be considerate of another’s time.
- Practice positive speech.
Blessings and Shalom for a good week,