Nitzavim is the final of 7 Consolation Readings before Rosh haShanah – the Jewish New Year (i.e. one of the four New Year celebrations in Judaism). (Ref. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hashanah; Also: The four Jewish New Years – 1 Tishri, 15 Shevat , 1 Nisan, and 1 Elul).
Amongst all the negative fallout of 9th Av, when the Nation failed in courage to enter and possess the Promised Land, yet, these consolations hold a Great Forecast. HaShem promises the Greatest festivity of all Time for the descendants of these very same people, the ‘Nation of Israel’, in a Marriage Festivity which will betroth them to Him forever!
The 7th month that we will enter at the End of this week, foreshadows this End Time Celebration in a series of Biblical Feast Days: Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Judgment Day), Succot (Tabernacles) depicting the 7-day Marriage Festival, Shmini Atzeret (8th Day, Eternity in the Kingdom of HaShem).
The commentaries that we include herewith for Nitzavim, have been specially selected for the Restoration Message that they convey, according to our understanding as published through the KOL HATOR Vision.
Our Blogs over the recent weeks have considered the developing pointers in World Trends and in religious interpretations regarding the Restoration of Israel as the 12-Tribed Kingdom of the Creator God of Israel. We have observed, in line with Bible prophecy, the current Worldwide Phenomena of millions of non-Jews who are turning towards Jewish Torah Observance and are befriending Israel and its People, the Jews. We have featured (as we are doing with Nitzavim this week) pointers that are protruding from especially Jewish spiritual leadership, in their references to Jewish Sages’ writings through the ages. On the face of it, these commentators and religious leaders on all platforms seem to be oblivious of and missing the unfolding of Prophecy before our eyes.
Every single item that we post herewith, regarding Nitzavim, holds great and enlightening information. Please attempt to read/view each item while we will in the following few paragraphs simply be highlighting the main pointers contained in their presentations which serve to confirm and/or enlighten our own understanding and insights. We will no doubt still disagree on many issues but let us practise the Golden Rule of “Forging ahead together while agreeing to disagree.”
- We place 2 consecutive years’ Nitzavim commentaries by Rabbi Riskin because they are intertwined in featuring an enlightening advanced interpretation of a wide ‘democratic’, second Redemption and re-covenanting.
- This wider expansion theme is also excitingly highlighted by the Chief Rabbi of Britain in his latest Nitzavim commentary. He puts the spotlight on ONE ‘hidden word’ – ‘Shevatim’ (Tribes). This observation supports our very theme that we wish to highlight in KOL HATOR outreach, viz. the Plight of the Exiles of Israel – and especially the vibrancy of the 10-Tribed House of Israel which is apparently being totally overlooked. This entails 10/12ths of the entire Israel Nation to whom the Divine Promises of Redemption apply equally as to Judah (2/12ths only – and greatly reduced in numbers throughout 2000 years of deadly persecutions).
It is especially Judah who has to take notice of this wider circumference of the Redemption. 2000 years of persecution for teaching Torah has driven them into self-protection mode where they claim the Torah and all its special Covenantal Blessings just for Jews. Nitzavim and all these seven consolations, as well as all Scriptural references to the Final Redemption, reflect this wider application outside of ‘just Judah’. This, according to the stated intentions of HaShem. In fact, it should be clear that there can be NO Final Redemption (Geulah) without this Return of the Ten Tribes of the House of Israel to proper Covenantal relationship. This will require a mountain size shift in the concept of both Judah and re-awakening Ephraim (10-Israel). Judah, that they have to share, and current re-awakening 10-Israel in Return mode (called and awakened by HaShem), that Redemption is not a free ticket as they have been taught – but that it requires compliance with the Torah and Return to the Land – which requires change of nationality and domicile, a total ‘re-birth’.
Cautionary Note: When considering commentaries by modern day Jewish commentators, please be aware that their references to “Jews” apply to those times only in history, after the exile of the House of 10-Israel (completed by the 7th century BCE). Before this time, as at Sinai, the Exodus, entering the Land with Joshua and the Kingdom of David, it applied to TWELVE Tribes – NOT only Jews. The term ‘Jew” only appears in Scripture from the Books of Chronicles onwards – the times shortly before the destruction of the 1st Temple. Thus, the Covenant was concluded with 12 Tribes and all future Promises (as included in the Blessing of Abraham) apply on this wider scale to all 12 Tribes included in the returning Exiles – not only to Judah.
- The Haftarah (Prophetic reading portion) of Nitzavim forms a most lofty consolation that heralds a most exalted Redemption. it take us another step up the ladder and bring us to the highest level of Redemption. it is the ultimate of the 7 consolations after Tisha B’Av, leading up to the festive season following Rosh HaShanah – which depicts the Marriage of the Ages: the metaphor for the relationship between God (the Groom) and His people (Israel, the Bride) and its significance with respect to Redemption.
This topic becomes even more overwhelming and staggering when it is considered that this Wedding entails the following, with regard to the ‘Two Brides’ who are in line for the Royal Marriage:
- Judah (the Jews) – which entails merely re-covenanting as HaShem had never yet forsaken her, notwithstanding the exile of 2000 years,
- The House of Israel (10 Tribes). She has been formally divorced by HaShem (Jer. 3:8) for her spiritual adultery.
|ח וָאֵרֶא, כִּי עַל-כָּל-אֹדוֹת אֲשֶׁר נִאֲפָה מְשֻׁבָה יִשְׂרָאֵל, שִׁלַּחְתִּיהָ, וָאֶתֵּן אֶת-סֵפֶר כְּרִיתֻתֶיהָ אֵלֶיהָ; וְלֹא יָרְאָה בֹּגֵדָה יְהוּדָה, אֲחוֹתָהּ–וַתֵּלֶךְ, וַתִּזֶן גַּם-הִיא.||8 And I saw, when, forasmuch as backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a bill of divorcement, that yet treacherous Judah her sister feared not; but she also went and played the harlot;
It requires contemplation on HOW HaShem can legally re-marry her in the light of the Torah restriction of Deut. 24:4. It seems that His great Love for her outweighs all else. Ref. Did God divorce the House of 10-Israel?
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