Nitzavim/Vayeilech – Torah in Haiku

Rosh Hashanah nears …
Torah tells us we will stray …
But we can return —

Moses warns the people that future generations will suffer punishment “because they have forsaken the covenant” (Deuteronomy 29:24). But he assures them that “you shall call [the blessing and the curse] to mind … and shall return to Adonai your G-d.” (Deuteronomy 30:1-2)

Similarly, as the High Holy Days are upon us, we consider how we have strayed from the covenant during the past year. Beginning with S’lichot this weekend, we will recall what G-d has commanded about how we should handle our relationship with the Divine and our relationships with our family, friends and community.

During our worship services we will be reminded that G-d welcomes our return – we have until the gates close at the end of N’ilah on Yom Kippur to prepare ourselves to try a little harder in the coming year.

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Ed Nickow | The Torah In Haiku

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