Dvar Torah Parshat Nitzavim Vayelech 5774 2014

Moshe gathers all the people, the men, women, and children, everyone who is in the Israel camp. What is the purpose of this gathering? Moshe tells them the purpose: לְעָבְרְךָ בִּבְרִית יְקֹוָק, “For you to pass into the covenant of Hashem…”. (Deut. 29,11) This was not a new covenant. It was first made with the patriarch Avraham. It was repeated at Har Sinai and was referred to on other occasions.

This covenant stated that Hashem would recognize us as His people but we have an obligation to follow His dictates and live up to the demands of the Torah. It is a tragic fact that among our people there are those who cry that we should be ככל הגוים, we should be like all nations. This is not a new cry but already we hear about it in the days of Samuel when they wanted to establish a government with a king.

When you think of this demand in our times it is certainly not understandable. What nation would these people want Israel to emulate? Almost all nations today are not living up to any moral standards. They are all interested in their own survival and are ready to condemn all other nations, especially Israel.

As things stand today, even though the world is constantly condemning Israel for whatever it does, the truth is that Israel is more ethical and more moral than any other nation. Israel is proud of what it offers the world and how it conducts itself in peace and war.

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