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This Week's The Torah Portion: "Haazinu"


The Torah reading this week is a farewell poem written by Moses, to be read after he has passed away. It opens with the words: "Haazinu!" "Listen O heavens, and I will speak, let the earth hear the words of my mouth!" In the poem, he predicts that after the Israelites settle in the Promised Land they will have difficulty living up to the Torah, the sacred values he has imparted to them.

Although he chastises them for their waywardness, Moses predicts that G-d will ultimately forgive the people and embrace them yet again. Having completed his poem, Moses is now summoned by God to ascend Mount Nebo and view the Promised Land. The rabbis tell us that Moses, atop the mountain in the final moments of his life, saw not only the Promised Land, but foresaw a promised age – an age of Shalom for all humanity. May Moses' vision come to fruition this year, 5782!

...Shabbat Shalom,
G'mar Hatimah Tovah!
May we be sealed in the Book of Life!
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

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