Above and Beyond with Parsha Nitzavim Insight
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By Archie Weindruch
In the first of this week’s two Parshiot, Nitzavim, we are commanded, “you will return to G-d with all your heart and with all your soul.”
We have been previously commanded to love G-d not only with our heart and soul, but also our might. Why do we need to return, and why not include might in this reading?
The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that “with all your might” means being devoted to G-d beyond what we consider to be normal and logical. However, obviously our former relationship with HaShem was not enough to keep us from needing to do teshuvah, repentance. To return to G-d with our hearts and souls is to deepen our relationship and service to G-d in our more internal levels. When our core is committed to G-d, our actions will surely follow.
Furthermore, for us to repent, we must transcend what we used to consider to be beyond us. Only by taking our commitment to G-d to heights above our former limitations will we be able to avoid future transgressions.
When we go beyond our limits to love and be close with G-d, we bring more G-dly infinite light into our consciousness.
HaShem, may our teshuvah be accepted and please redeem us with Moshiach now!