Parshas: Ha’Azinu

Parshas: Ha’Azinu

Ha’Azinu is comprised primarily of Moses’ “song” about the horrible tragedies and supreme joy which will make up the Jewish people’s future history. While not a song in the familiar sense, Moses’ song is a blend of otherwise disparate ideas into a beautiful symphony of thought. It expresses the idea that everything that G-d does — past, present and future — somehow fits into a perfect harmony, although our limited human understanding prevents fully recognizing the wisdom of G-d.

Ha’Azinu contains the mitzvah for each Jew to write a Sefer Torah (Torah scroll). Many suggest that this mitzvah can be fulfilled by the purchase of books containing Torah content. Does your home contain any books of Torah? Today there are an abundance of excellent Torah books written in English. Let me suggest two: The Stone Chumash (5 Books of Moses), and Living Each Week by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski. Ha’azinu concludes with G-d’s command to Moses to ascend Mount Nebo, where he will view the land of Israel and then pass away.