…The Torah is one of the defining features of the Jewish community, and the scrolls themselves provide a link back through history and generations long since forgotten. Placed in the Ark, and often adorned with silver ornaments, it is hardly surprising that people feel somewhat disconnected and intimidated by the Torah.
But in many ways this is the antithesis of what God intended. … it is clear that all of us should have access to, and feel comfortable with, the Torah. Moses addressing the people reminds them to keep the commandments and statutes from God ‘which are written in this Sefer Torah ’ (Deuteronomy 30:10) and then tells them ‘for this commandment which I command you this day, is not hidden from you, nor is it far off’ (Deuteronomy 30:11). Having received the Torah at Sinai, and having spent most of the book of Deuteronomy recounting the laws, Moses ensured that the Torah was very much in the public domain.
The Torah was intended for everyone, and is if to emphasize this it continues: ‘It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it? Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?’ (Deuteronomy 30:12-13).
Read (or listen to) Rabbi Danny Burkeman’s full blog post – Two Minutes of Torah: Nitzavim – Whose Torah is it Anyway?