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Torah Talk for educators and parents

Nitzavim-Vayelech
"To Walk in God's Ways"
Shabbat, September 23, 2000 - 23 Elul 5760

Want to feel closer to God?
Feel more connected to Judaism?
It's your choice.
Do as Moses commanded,
"Walk in God's ways."

zipple.com presents a Torah portion write-up written for parents and teachers from the author of "The Really Fun Family Haggadah."

By LARRY STEIN
Special to zipple.com

Near the end of Nitzavim, Moses tells the Israelites, "See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil, in that I command you this day to love God, to walk in God's ways, and to keep God's commandments, statutes and ordinances" (Deuteronomy 30:15-16).

Moses is telling us we have a choice in life between good and evil. Then he commands us to choose good and "walk in God's ways." Wow, that's quite a command!

What is it to walk in God's ways? A good place to start is with Moses' message: "...to keep God's commandments, statutes and ordinances." These are choices, important choices. We can choose to observe Shabbat or not, study Torah or not, perform mitzvot or not, and so on.

Judaism is a religion of action. Each action is a choice that characterizes our commitment. When we observe Shabbat and don't work, that's a choice. Moreover, it's a choice that God made after Creation. When we choose to observe Shabbat, we do what God would have done - we walk in God's ways.

It seems fitting to do as God would do; after all, man was created in "God's image" (Genesis 1:27). Try it sometime: make a choice that God would make. Follow a commandment. You'll see, it feels good. You'll feel closer to God and more connected to Judaism. It's your choice. Shabbat Shalom.

Try these discussion starters at the Shabbat table or at school:
How have you chosen to walk in God's ways?
Name one way in which you plan to walk in God's way in the future.

Larry Stein is the author of The Really Fun Family Haggadah, which can be ordered at www.ruachbooks.com. Email Larry at larry@ruachbooks.com.

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