Especially the Children (Nitzavim)

The final moments before entering into the land of Israel have arrived and Moshe reinforces the Jews’ commitment to Hashem to observe His covenant and to be His nation. He purposely mentions 10 categories of individuals, from the leaders of the tribes to the simple laborers and interestingly, he mentions the children.

Children are not accountable for their actions, and so the commentaries explain that the children are included in this final renewal of the covenant FOR THE PARENTS. Parents must understand that educating their children is not a private matter, but essential to health and success of the Jewish Nation as it fulfills its divine mandate to represent G-d in this world. As we enter this new year, let’s consider how we can continue to learn and grow as parents as we deeply engage in the lofty pursuit of teaching our children.