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The Torah Portion this Sabbath is "Haazinu"
The Torah reading This Shabbat focuses on a farewell poem written by Moses, to be read after he has passed away: "Haazinu!" "Listen! Hear O heavens, and I will speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth!" declares Moses. In the poem, he predicts that after the Israelites settle in the Promised Land they will have difficulty living up to the Torah, the lofty values he has imparted to them.

But Moses also predicts that G-d will ultimately forgive the people and embrace them yet again. Having completed his farewell poem, Moses is now summoned by God to ascend Mount Nebo and gaze out at the Promised Land. The rabbis tell us that Moses, atop Mount Nebo, in his final moments of life, saw not only the Promised Land, but foresaw a "Promised Age" as well – an age of Shalom for all humankind. May Moses' vision come to fruition this year, 5779!

...Shabbat Shalom,
And a Sweet New Year to all...
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

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