In Parashat Nitzavim, the Prarasha before the Head of the Year, we read: Deuteronomy 30:11 כִּ֚י הַמִּצְוָ֣ה הַזֹּ֔את אֲשֶׁ֛ר אָנֹכִ֥י מְצַוְּךָ֖ הַיּ֑וֹם לֹֽא־נִפְלֵ֥את הִוא֙ מִמְּךָ֔ וְלֹ֥א רְחֹקָ֖ה הִֽוא׃
This sacred connection that I plug into you this day, it is not too hard for you, it is not too far off.
30:12 לֹ֥א בַשָּׁמַ֖יִם הִ֑וא לֵאמֹ֗ר מִ֣י יַעֲלֶה־לָּ֤נוּ הַשָּׁמַ֙יְמָה֙ וְיִקָּחֶ֣הָ לָּ֔נוּ וְיַשְׁמִעֵ֥נוּ אֹתָ֖הּ וְנַעֲשֶֽׂנָּה׃
It is not in the heavens, that you might whine: ‘Who shall go up to the heavens for us (astronauts), and bring it to us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’
30:13 וְלֹֽא־מֵעֵ֥בֶר לַיָּ֖ם הִ֑וא לֵאמֹ֗ר מִ֣י יַעֲבָר־לָ֜נוּ אֶל־עֵ֤בֶר הַיָּם֙ וְיִקָּחֶ֣הָ לָּ֔נוּ וְיַשְׁמִעֵ֥נוּ אֹתָ֖הּ וְנַעֲשֶֽׂנָּה׃
And it is not beyond the sea, that you whine: ‘Who shall go over the sea for us (sailors and pilots and adventurers), and bring it to us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’
30:14 כִּֽי־קָר֥וֹב אֵלֶ֛יךָ הַדָּבָ֖ר מְאֹ֑ד בְּפִ֥יךָ וּבִֽלְבָבְךָ֖ לַעֲשֹׂתֽוֹ׃
But the word/things are so close to you, they are already in your mouth, and in your heart, for you to do.
What an amazing passage. We don’t have to search heaven and earth to find the amazing connections that we all share, each in hir own way. They are already within us, on our hard drive. We only need to know how to locate them and to use our personal program to access them. For some, that program is faith, religions, Chritstianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism and so many more. For some it is found in art or music. Others access the connection through nature or community and for many of us, we use some combination. But the connection is already within each of us. And the challenge of this part of the Parsha is twofold. We need to discover the right program for us to access the mitzvah connection. And then we need to activate it through our actions and actualize it in our lives.
May this be a Shanah Tovah for us all, a year of good changes.