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Parashiyot Nitzavim-Vayeilech (August 31, 2013)
by Rabbi Rena Y. Rifkin

MAYBE MOSES IS the luckiest of us all.

As we come to the end of this week’s double parashah, Nitzavim-Vayeilech (towards the end of the last book of Torah), we are told that Moses writes down the entire text of Torah. He transcribes all its teachings, all its wisdom, and all its accounts — including the account of his death. The Eitz Chayim Torah commentary tells us that this is Moses’ final challenge, “coming to terms with his own mortality.”

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