Two Minutes of Torah | Nitzavim | Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20

The choice is yours. Okay, so it might not always feel that way: we human beings must rush from obligation to obligation and react to a constant barrage of external stimuli. But between every action and reaction is a moment for contemplation, a moment to make choices that are either more or less aligned with our highest values. This week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim, gives us this timely reminder as we make the final preparations for, and efforts at, teshuvah. “I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life — if you and your offspring would live — by loving the Holy One your God, heeding God’s commandments, and holding fast to God.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

As we prepare for the year 5779, we think about the choices we have to make. Will this year be one of improvement or regression? Progress or stagnation? In so many ways, big and small, the choice is yours. Together may we choose the path of living in accord with our highest values as God’s agents here on Earth, thus improving life for us and for those around us. As Nitzavim reminds us, this choice is neither complex nor distant but already “in your mouth and in your heart.”

– Rabbi Aaron Meyer

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