Parshat Nitzavim: September 4, 2021 – 27 Elul 5781

Shabbat Shalom!

Erev Shabbat

Friday, September 3

  • Candle lighting: 7:10 pm

Parshat Nitzavim

Shabbat, August 28

  • Stone Chumash p. 1086
  • 44 Psukim (the shortest parsha in the Torah!)
  •  Haftorah: Isaiah Ch. 61 “Sos Asis”. Stone Chumash p. 1202

Important Shabbat Times

  • Candle lighting: 7:10 pm
  • Vasikin (Sunrise): 6:37:58 am
  • Latest Morning Shma: 9:50 am
  • Earliest Mincha: 1:34 pm
  • Havdalah: 8:05 pm
  • Zoom Havdalah: 8:20 pm

In Person Shabbat Services

  • Saturday mornings at 10 am
  • Indoors @ Kol BeRamah
  • Followed by Kiddush at the Rabbi’s House

We hold indoor, masked Shabbat Morning Services. Services begin at 10 am, and require a one-time pre-registration plus adherence to our COVID Policy. We look forward to seeing you!

Highlights of Parshat Nitzavim

This shortest parsha of the Torah contains some of the most exquisite sentiments of our religion. After we have experienced the lonely and difficult years of diaspora, we will return to G-d, and He will return us to the land of our forefathers. G-d will remove the “layers of fat” which surround our spiritual hearts, and we all will clearly recognize the importance of worshiping Hashem through the performance of the mitzvot.

In this, the penultimate Haftara of consolation, we are once again soothed by the beautiful prophecies which will be realized at the end of days. “For the sake of Zion I shall not be silent, and for the sake of Jerusalem I shall not keep still.” The definition of national repentance is the return to the land of Israel, and anything which impedes that return must be vigilantly challenged. The joy of the returned is compared to the joy of the groom as he marries his bride. This metaphor can also be found in the Lecha Dodi: “Yasis Alayich Elokayich, kimsos chatan al kalah!”