Forethoughts and Afterthoughts.
Commentary on the weekly Torah reading.
In memory of Father, Yosef Ben Zelig.
March 25th 1911 - May 2nd 2008
In memory of Mother, Nechama Bas Tzvi Hirsh.
June 9th 1925 - April 16th 2003
In memory of Uncle, Moshe Binyamin Ben Tzvi Hirsh.
December 12 1929 - February 2nd 2010
In Loving Memory of Moreinu Horav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rosh HaYeshiva Ner Yisroel
Chukas (Numbers 19-22)
Netzavim (Deuteronomy 29-30)
29:9 You are all standing ('nitzavim') before Hashem your G-D, your leaders, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, every man of Israel.
The Hebrew word 'omdim' is frequently used to denote standing. Our verse uses the Hebrew word, 'nitzavim.'
The Nesivas Shalom commentary says that this word connotes being set up in an established position or office.
By using this word, the Torah is telling us that a group can only succeed in becoming established when we are 'all standing' together, when are united.
When the people in a group fragment and are focused on their self-interests instead of the group and its purpose, the group will not have any permanence.
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