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D’var Torah: Holiday Edition

Parashat Tetzaveh

This week’s Parsha is Nitzavim. In one part of the portion we learn about decision making and results that follow them. We are given a copious amount of opportunities to do both good and bad on a daily basis . We are not only given these opportunities in life, but choices too, which allow us to decide what type of improvements we want to make to better ourselves and our lives for the future. As Rosh Hashana approaches we should all take into consideration to be more careful about our choices, and ultimately which paths we decide to go on.

For example, a Tzadik (righteous person) is given the choice whether he wants to do good in the world, and he lives life with meaning and does many mitzvot. This shows when he is dead, he is in essence still alive because he made a positive impact on world by doing good. On the other hand, the Rasha (evil person) whether alive or dead is unfortunately always dead. If someone does not contribute anything positive to the world, then what kind of asset is he?

As the day of judgement slowly arrives we should all take a moment for ourselves and decide which choices we have made can have a positive effect in our lives and in the lives of others. These are perfect examples that explain that it is in our hands to decide how we want to improve on our own actions and maybe even take on other mitzvot to create a closer connection to our religion and Hashem. At the end of the day it does come down to Hashem’s judgement, which is extremely nerve-racking, but in order for us have to have another successful and good year we should always think about ways to handle situations in the best way we can before taking action.

By: Zoe Sugar (10th grade)

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