NITZAVIM (you are standing)

Standing

Moses describes the Covenant between יהוה and the Israelites, urging the Israelites to uphold the Covenant and honor the Torah, so that they may be rewarded with life in the land of Israel.

Deuteronomy 29:10 אתם You stand this day before יהוה your Elohim; your captains of your tribes, your elders and your officers and all the men of Israel. C-MATS

Question: What is important about the verse, “אתם You stand this day before יהוה your Elohim”? You have provoked the Omnipresent to anger many times, yet He has not made an end to you. Instead you still exist before Him [“standing… before יהוה”]. יהוה has made light for you, and He will again make light for you in the future. And the curses and sufferings preserve you and enable you to stand before Him [the curses, by preventing you to stray from serving Him, and the sufferings, by cleansing you of your sins]. Chumash

Deuteronomy 29:11 Your little ones, your wives and your stranger that is in your camp, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water.  C-MATS

Question:  What does this verse teach us? We are all equal in יהוה’s eyes-no matter what our position in life may be. Moses divided the people into categories to suggest that everyone is responsible according to how many others he or she can influence. Leaders may be able to affect masses of people; women, their immediate families and neighbors; children, only a few friends and classmates; common laborers, hardly anyone. יהוה does not demand more than is possible, but He is not satisfied with less (Or HaChaim). Chumash