Parashat Nitzavim (Firm)
This short section of Deuteronomy has the longest series of dots on top of letters in the Torah.
In 10 different places in the Torah scroll, letters get dots on top of them.
In this section there are 11 letters next to each other with dots on top of them.
This section is always read the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah.
Perhaps the 11 dots remind us of the 11 months of the year we didn’t behave very well, but now, with the arrival of Tishrei and a new year, we look for a new opportunity.
A new beginning without black marks, without stains. That may happen only if we remember the previous 11 dots.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L