A Torah Thought From the Chumash Shiur of
Rav Dovid Feinstein zt"l.
(As heard and adapted by Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman)
אַתֶּ֨ם נִצָּבִ֤ים הַיּוֹם֙ כֻּלְּכֶ֔ם
“You stand this day, all of you, before your G-d.”
What is the meaning and intent of this posuk? Obviously, the Jewish Nation was physically standing together, receiving the divine message and entering into the covenant with Hashem.
Answer: Nitzavim - the Torah emphatically states, “Every Jew is influential!”
If we probe further, the posuk suggests that not only is every Jew “choshuv,” they are of equal importance.
But this idea is more profound still.
Nitzavim: You have all been promoted to the executive branch; you’ve become ‘officials’ in a new Jewish governmental body, distinguished office holders in the exalted government of G-d!
“All of you.”
The message here is that every Jew is personally responsible for the success of the new government and future advancement of G-d’s holy People.
The continuity of Hashem’s Nation hinges upon the scrupulous observance of mitzvos of each member of the tribe.
No person should ever think to himself or herself, “I am a nobody. I don’t count in the grand scheme of things and have no value in Klal Yisroel!”
The absolute opposite is true! We are all Nitzavim, decorated, honored members of the elite ruling class.
But with this great power comes great responsibility.
Our ascendency to nobility dramatically intensified the achraius we have for upholing the Law and escalates the need for every Jew’s punctual adherence to mitzvos and customs of the new government and expanded Torah Nation.
Truly then, we stand this day, deputized, energized, elevated and proud to serve in the capacity of Nitzavim - and bring honor to Hashem and glory to the Jewish People.