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This week's 10-Minute Torah (September 18, 2021): "Parashat Ha'azinu" 5782

Parashat Ha'Azinu 5782 / פרשת הַאֲזִינוּ

Read on 18 September 2021 / 12 Tishrei 5782.

Parashat Ha'Azinu is the 53rd weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Parashat Ha'Azinu sets out the Song of Moses — an indictment of the Israelites' sins, a prophecy of their punishment, and a promise of God's ultimate redemption of them

Triennial year 3

1: 32:1-6 · 6 p’sukim

2: 32:7-12 · 6 p’sukim

3: 32:13-18 · 6 p’sukim

4: 32:19-28 · 10 p’sukim

5: 32:29-39 · 11 p’sukim

6: 32:40-43 · 4 p’sukim

7: 32:44-52 · 9 p’sukim

maf: 32:48-52 · 5 p’sukim

This is Moses’ song to Israel. The text in the Torah is constructed as two columns like pillars, verse upon verse. This is like placing bricks on top of each other. This has a meaning that like the pillars, there is no support side-by-side, so the pillars are tentative and easily toppled. This is symbolic of Israel’s commitment to Hashem and Torah.

He starts out praising Hashem and all that Hashem has done for the Children of Israel. G-d is their Rock and their strength. Moses then goes on about how Israel becomes prosperous due to following Torah, but then forgets and turns away from Hashem and worships idols. Moses laments how people could be so ungrateful and turn away from Hashem.

G-d then punishes them by allowing Israel’s enemies to overpower them. But those peoples will think it was because of their might. When Israel repents, they will defeat those same enemies.

Finishing this “song”, G-d then commands Moses to ascend Mount Nebo, gaze out over the Promised Land, and then he will die.

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