Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech / When Moses Tells Off Satan

The Torah is not prepared to stand with man and angrily rebukes him. For his part, though, God is unwilling to accept such a situation: He bestowed the Torah upon man and therefore sends man out a second time to seek it.

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In this week’s double Torah portion, Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 and 31:1-31:30), God informs Moses: “Behold, thy days approach that thou must die” (Deut. 31:14). The death of Moses, the...