Nitzavim September 12, 2015 / 28 Elul, 5775

Even though I am not a Facebook , Twitter, or Instagram follower, I am able to appreciate a d’rash (commentary) on this week’s parasha by Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz, MD. She suggests that Nitzavim presents God’s covenant as “the ultimate social network.” (Text Messages, p. 257-258) God tells the Israelites: “I make this covenant … not with you alone but both with those who are standing here… and with those who are not here with us this day.” (Deut 29:13-14) Social network messages make their way to people who may have no direct connection to the one who sent it originally, but even so, a community of sorts is established, going back to the originator. There is some kind of link, however tangential, between all those in the cyber chain. And so, as Jews, every time we link ourselves to Torah or “like”a Jewish teaching, we create links to other Jews and other texts going back to the Original Text. As we approach the New Year 5776, may each of us find a link to our tradition that connects us ever more closely to our Jewish roots. L’shanah Tovah Tikateyvu.

Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20