Covenant is the sustaining idea of Jewish life. It connotes a sacred relationship, a commitment between G-d and the Jewish people. It began with Abraham. It was affirmed by Moses in the Exodus from Egypt. And it was sealed with the entire people through the giving and acceptance of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is sustained through the practice of Mitzvot. To live by the covenant is to make the Torah sacred and to make ourselves and our community sacred.
Yet, sacred does not mean frozen. The covenant is dynamic. It is not fixed by one time and place. It is rooted in the past, yet evolves into the future. We are meant to hear the word of G-d in the present tense. We are meant to listen for its message in our time.