From Chopping Down to Raising Up
Parashat Nitzavim

Dena Weiss

Parashat Nitzavim opens with a statement of inclusion—every Jew is a part of the covenant and no one is above it or beneath it. But oddly, at the very end of this list appear two specific characters: the wood-chopper and the water-drawer. Who are these people? Why are they excluded from the first list of “all men of Israel” and why are they singled out for special notice? What can we learn from these particular people about our own place in the covenant and our own quests for growth?

 
From Chopping Down to Raising Up
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