Being Jewish has nothing to do with doing “mitzvot [commandments].” Being Jewish has nothing to do with “loving G-d.” Being Jewish has to do with being an intricate part of the Jewish people. What made Ruth Jewish was her desire to make the Jewish people her people not just make the Jewish people’s G-d her G-d.

Many people in the so-called Messianic movement want to to claim being “Jewish” but in reality have no concept of what it means to be a Jew.

In this week’s Torah portion of Nitzvaim we read that when Moshe speaks to the Jewish people right before they enter the Promise Land he puts emphasis upon the curses of the Torah and the renewing of the Covenant.

If last week’s portion of Ki Tavo already presented the curses of the Torah and focused on renewing the Covenant in the plains of Moav why is Moshe dragging that theme into Nitzavim?

Listen as Rav Yehezqel of Kehilat Melech Yisrael in Toronto, Ontario explains the concept of Arvut.