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Shabbat Nitzavim / Vayaylech (Deut. 29:9-30:20 / 31:1-31-30)

Our Torah cycle and our year is drawing to a close, and like many people in the twilight of a cycle of time (whether it’s a year, a life or tv series), Moses reflects on a happier time, a time when the world was full of possibilities. Back to Mt. Sinai we go, when we received the 10 commandments and for one amazing moment everyone heard the voice of God. At that moment, we offered our children as guarentors of our covenant.

Then Moses realizes where the Israelites are now, and foretells of sadness, rebellion and retribution. (A modern analogy would be when we watched Fonzi jump the shark and realized it was truly all over.). Moses pleads with the Israelites not to forget the covenant, even as he knows what will surely follow.

So, limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you have been assigned, please bring a food which comes with a guarantee.

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