Parashat Nitzavim (נִצָּבִים) 5782: Rule of Law -It’s Not Across The Ocean, Folks.

    This week’s Torah portion,Nitzavim (נִצָּבִים),  is the 51st (51/53 or 52, depending on the year: this year, it’s 53…) reading in the annual cycle.  It’s the 8/10th parashah in the book of Dvarim,  (although this parsha is normally read on the same Shabbat as Parashat VaYelech…) with the full reading in Dvarim/.  Nearly the end of the year.

I love how Moshe basically tells people, in the words of the USNA class of 1990, “it’s not that difficult,” in Parashat Nitzavim.  “Lo baShamaim, hi … ”   It’s not in the heavens, and not across the ocean, so no on has to go search for it, because it is right here.  I used to love preparing for leyning (chanting) those verses.  So clear and ‘smack myself in the head’ obvious that the foundation of a stable society is agreement upon a set of humane laws.  These laws obviously left a lot to be desired, but they were a start, and now, we can Do Better.

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Project Do Better is founded on the idea that by building empathy while educating around community mutual aid and public infrastructure, we can build a world that does indeed Do Better, right here on Earth.

I look forward to hearing your opinions on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better. -Shira

                                       Last week was: Parashat Ki Tavo (כִּי־תָבוֹא) 5782, and Let’s Just Do Better, Please …  ,

and then Start of Year 5783, End of the Torah: Parashat Ha’Azinu, and Listening

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in to create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Guest posts are always welcome.  Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better. What would yours be, if you had the spare time and energy?


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