Nitzavim September 8, 2016 – 26 Elul 5776

(A bit of Torah study from Rabbi Feingold) Nitzavim Each week on Shabbat in the synagogue, the weekly Torah portion (parasha) is paired with a reading from the Prophets (Nevi’im) section of the Bible.  During the 7 weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah, we read from the unnamed  prophet who lived during the Babylonian Exile and who provided words of comfort to the exiled Jews that they would return to Israel.  This prophet’s words are included in the Book of Isaiah.  This week we read the last of these 7 messages of hope and consolation, from Chapter 61 of Isaiah.  The message is fitting as we approach the New Year:  “They shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of God.”(Isaiah 61: 12) In our coming together as a Jewish community on Rosh Hashanah 5777, may we help to bring God’s holiness and redemption to the world. L’shanah Tovah Tikateyvu.