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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Nitzavim: The Netziv - Life Is Not That Bad

After all the Klalos in Parshas Ki Savo, Moshe Rabbeinu calls together Bnei Yisroel and starts telling them about Paroh and Mitzrayim and all the great miracles that took place in the Midbar. Why? The Netziv answers that after hearing all the Klalos the Bnei Yisroel were skeptical about their chances for survival. Moshe therefore shows them that after they left Mitzrayim they were supposed to go straight to Eretz Yisroel, yet their aveiros caused them to receive a 40 year wandering sentence before being admitted to Eretz Yisroel. Nevertheless not only did they survive they flourished.

Had they gone straight to Eretz Yisroel in the first place they would not have gotten the land of Sichon and Og. Even their existence during this long punishment was quite pleasant. Hashem brought them food in miraculous fashion. Hashem clothed them through miracles, yet in a more discreet way.

Moshe reminds us that Hashem has many ways to care for us in Galus and at the end we will benefit from the experience. This encouragement climaxes with "Atem Nitzavim Lifnei Hashem Elokeichem"; despite the years of galus and distance from Hashem still admits us into His presence. Baruch Hashem with all the hardships from the entire year we stand on the doorstep of Rosh Hashana and thank Hashem that with His kindness and miracles, big and small we have made it through another year; still standing!