September 27, 2019
The end-and the beginning-are upon us. Again.
After Nitzavim, just two chapters remain in the Five Books of Moses. The tone feels particularly poignant since we readers know--as Moses does himself--that his death is near.
This Sunday at sundown marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year of 5780, and the season of joyously chaotic, food-coma-inducing consecutive holidays collectively called the Chagim.
Why, then, is Shabbat Mom posting the only family photo she was able to score (self-timed and shot in a parking garage) during a short, volatile family vacation to Italy over the summer?
Because Nitzavim opens with a detailed physical image of the wandering Israelites poised to enter the Promised Land, knowing that in return they must all accept His words, rules and laws.
"You stand this day, all of you, before the Lord your G-d--your tribal heads, your elders, and...