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Opening Your Heart | Nitzavim

September 22, 2022

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Join us as we delve into Parashat Nitzavim (נִצָּבִים), the 51st weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the eighth in the Book of Deuteronomy, covering Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20. This profound video session, presented by and featuring Rabbi Eliyahu Jian, explores the themes of covenant, repentance, and the power of choice embedded within the text.

Parashat Nitzavim is a compelling call to unity, responsibility, and spiritual renewal, as Moses gathers all the Israelites to enter into a covenant with God. This portion underscores the inclusivity of the covenant, embracing every member of the community, from the highest to the lowest, and sets forth the consequences of adherence and violation. It beautifully articulates the concept of teshuvah (repentance) and the ever-present possibility of returning to God, emphasizing God’s boundless love and the promise of redemption.

Rabbi Eliyahu Jian provides an in-depth analysis of these themes, using the lens of Kabbalistic wisdom to illuminate the text’s deeper meanings. Viewers will gain insights into:

  • The significance of standing together as a community before God and the implications for Modern Jewish Orthodoxy.
  • The dual pathways of blessings and curses as reflections of our choices and their impact on our lives and spirituality.
  • The accessibility of God’s Instruction (Torah) and the empowering message that spiritual fulfillment and adherence to commandments are within everyone’s reach.
  • The critical exhortation to choose life by loving God, obeying His commandments, and the profound implications of this choice for personal and communal well-being.

This session is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of Jewish spirituality, the teachings of the Torah, and how ancient wisdom guides us in modern times. Rabbi Jian’s exploration of Parashat Nitzavim offers practical advice for living a life aligned with spiritual values, emphasizing the importance of choice, repentance, and the pursuit of a righteous path.

Keywords: Parashat Nitzavim, covenant with God, teshuvah, choose life, Kabbalistic teachings, Rabbi Eliyahu Jian, Torah insights, Jewish spirituality, commandments, Modern Jewish Orthodoxy, spiritual renewal.

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