Nitzavim

נִצָּבִים
You Stand [This Day]

Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20

When Is Nitzavim Read?

/ 27 Elul 5781
/ 28 Elul 5782
/ 27 Elul 5785

Summary

  • Moses tells the assembled people that God's covenant speaks to them and to all of the generations who will follow. (29:9–14)
  • God warns the Israelites that they will be punished if they act idolatrously, the way the inhabitants of the other nations do. (29:15–28)
  • Moses reassures the people that God will not forsake them and that they can attain blessings by following God's commandments. (30:1–20)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Nitzavim Commentary

Torrah and Kippah

The Tension Between Hubris and Humility

By: Cantor Elizabeth Sacks

In its brief 40 verses, Parashat Nitzavim immediately presents us with tensions between confidence and condemnation, promise and punishment, and ultimately, between humility and hubris. Throughout the text of these two compact chapters—Deuteronomy 29 and 30—Moses consistently oscillates between...

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