57 Ha'azinu

הַאֲזִינוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וַאֲדַבֵּרָה וְתִשְׁמַע הָאָרֶץ אִמְרֵי־פִי׃

Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

October 8 2022

Ha’azinu “Will hear”

Deut. 32:1-52

2Sam. 22:1-51

Romans 10:14-21
Heb. 12:28-29

 

What does it mean to be created in God’s image? As we read Parashat Ha’azinu, we can be struck by the ways Moses’s song poetically develops God’s care for the People of Israel, and we can discover in the vivid and diverse metaphors the beginnings of an answer. From the opening lines, where God’s words are likened to varieties of rain, sustaining and giving life to all. Our God builds up, guides, teaches, and protects, He provides for His peolpe physical needs with gifts of abundance, nurturing the people with “honey from the crag” as a mother nurses her child (Deut. 32:13). The people’s lack of gratitude inflames God’s anger, but God bestows mercy and forgiveness, despite there being no mention of repentance.

Ha’azinu is remarkable in two respects: what it says, but let’s note with regard to his final address to the Children of Israel before a set of farewell blessings, Moses reviews all of his people’s past, present, future and strengthens the notion; the Lord addresses heaven and earth, calling to serve as everlasting witnesses to His words and remind them of earlier, harmonious days in their relationship with God (Deut. 32:7), and of days  their collective disobedient behavior (32:15–16). Encourage them to seek a closer, more intimate relationship with God.

The poem Ha'azinu (Deut. 32:1-43) which covers most of this week's reading, presents a brief review of the chronicles of the Israelites from their beginnings until entering the land of Israel and states that the way of corrective moral reproach, values the teachings of Faith and encourages us to applied them while in a soul-searching and in rectifying our behavior before our Creator.