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Dear Mogen David Family,

Parashat Nitzavim begins: "Atem Nitzavim HaYom Kulchem..." The Ribbono Shel Olam addresses all of Am Yisrael with a central message, both Talmidei Chachamim and laymen, rich and poor, young and old.

What is the primary message; what main point does Hashem wish to convey?

We have seen the usage of the word "Nitzavim" before, early on is Sefer Bereishit. In Parashat VaYera (from which we will read on Rosh Hashanah), we see three men, three angels, sent to the tent of Avraham Avinu. They are greeted by Avraham and Sarah with Hachnasat Orchim. These men are described by the Torah as "Shelosha Anashim Nitzavim," three men 'standing.' The shoresh 'Yud-Tzaddi-Vet,'  means 'to stand,' meaning to stand at attention, to stand and wait for instruction, to stand in service of Hashem. 

Malachim do not eat, drink, or sleep. They have no physical desires or needs. HaKadosh Baruch Hu gives a directive and they follow the task without questions or thoughts, considerations or independent thoughts.  They stand and wait. During rare, special moments we can mimic the Malachim and reach Angelic levels of Avodat Hashem. At the beginning of Parashat Nitzavim Bnei Yisrael have ascended to that level of 'standing' before Hashem.

 During the Yamim Noraim we also climb those spiritual heights and 'stand' before our Creator and proclaim His sovereignty over the World, exclaiming 'Hashem Echad U'Shmo Echad!'

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Yehuda Moses Rav HaKehillah/Senior Rabbi

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