Tradition says that this Week’s Portion, Nitzavim, takes place on the last day of Moses’ life.
Israel stands united before Moses: Men, women, children, even the stranger among them….and even the unborn — representing all future generations.
Moses warns the people about the exile and desolation of the Land that will result when Israel abandons Torah; he continues by prophesying that, in the end, “You will return to God.” God will re-gather the outcasts of Israel from the four corners of the world back into The Land.
Moses then reminds them of practicality of Torah: “For the commandment which I command you this day, it is not beyond you, nor is it remote from you. It is not in heaven . . . It is not across the sea . . . Rather, it is very close to you, in your mouth, in your heart, that you may do it.”
Finally, Moses offers them freedom of choice: “I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil: in that I command you this day to love God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments . . . Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life.”