Nitzavim, Nitsavim, Nitzabim, Netzavim, Nisavim, or Nesabim (נִצָּבִים‎ — Hebrew for “ones standing,”) the second word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah is the 51st weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the eighth in the Book of Deuteronomy. It comprises Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20 (Deuteronomy 29:10 onwards in some versions of the Hebrew Bible).

Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

If we remember & return (Teshuvah) then Yahweh will restore.

No matter how far we have fallen if we repent and return Yahweh’s word says we will be restored to better than before. We should not be “awakening” to Hebrew heritage and still be in the same cursed condition if this is the case we have not truly awakened and this is a truth we must realize and come to grips with.

Read this small passage from this week’s Torah portion and examine what is promised:

“ And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where Yahweh your God has driven you, 2 and return to Yahweh your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 then Yahweh your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where Yahweh your God has scattered you.” –Deuteronomy 30:1-3

Let’s read this week’s Torah portion!

📖 Resource: We Are Blessed with Choices Not Control By Rabbi Josef A. Davidson: https://stljewishlight.org/opinion/dvar-torah/parashat-nitzavim-we-are-blessed-with-choices-if-not-control/