by Michelle Mavlyanova (Souled Brooklyn Board Member & RAJE Alum)
In Parshat Netazvim, the Torah states that “You stand this day, all of you, before Hashem your G-d…” (29:9). The Shabbat before Rosh Hashana, Parshat Netazvim (נצבים) is read. The Baal Shem Tov explains “Hayom” (היום) ,”This day,” refers to Rosh Hashana because on this day we stand in front of G-d to be judged.
Netzavim (נצבים) means “Stand”. Every year we are faced with different challenges we must overcome. It is stated in the Midrash (shimois Rabba 34) that “G‑d does not make matters difficult for His creatures; He expects a person to perform according to his capacity.” We must stand up for ourselves and our beliefs that come from Hashem because a persons strength comes from not only Emuna, or belief, but Bitachon, or trust, as well.