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Parshat Haazinu


5761 This story takes place some 800 years ago in Spain, and its hero is an apostate Jew called Abner. Abner had once learned in a Yeshiva (Talmudic Center). But not just an ordinary one; he had once been among the more successful students of one of the greatest, holiest, and most famous Torah Scholars of all time, Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman known as the "Ramban".
5762 This Shabbat, Shabbat Tshuva, we prepare ourselves for the Holiest day of the year, Yom HaKipurim; The day that G-d not only forgives all who return to Him as He does the entire year, but also inspires everyone to return. This week's Torah Section reminds us that the Jewish people are a very unique nation. WE are a portion of G-d and don't need intermediaries like the other nations. (32:9)
5763 This Shabbat is called Shabbat Tshuva (repentance) because it falls in the 'Ten Days of Repentance': the two days of Rosh HaShanna, one day of Yom HaKippurim and the seven days in between them. On this Shabbat we also read the final warning of Moses to the Jews, which is strangely called a 'Song' (31:19, 22, 30). At first glance all this is not understood.
5764 The common factor between this week's section 'Ha'azinu' and the upcoming holiday of Rosh HaShanna is...Moshiach. Parshat Ha'azinu begins : "Remember the days of yore, contemplate the coming generations"(32:7) and ends: "Behold, gentiles, G-d's people etc." (32:43).
5765 This Shabbat is the happiest of the year. It is the one that prepares us for Succot "The Holiday of our Joy". Not only that, but this week's portion is the 'song' of Haazinu designed to inspire Jews in all generations to serve G-d.
5766 This coming Shabbat is called Shabbat Tshuva the 'Sabbath of Return' and is a preparation for Yom Kippur, the 'Day of Forgiveness'. And the Torah portion read this Shabbat contains a fitting message. It is the song "Ha'azinu" dictated by G-d through Moses warning the Jewish people that abandoning the ways of the Torah will bring misfortune and tragedy.
5767 This Shabbat is called 'the Shabbat of Return' because it precedes and is a preparation for Yom Kippur - The Day of Forgiveness when G-d 'returns' every Jew's soul to its pristine source - above all sins. In it we appropriately read a Torah portion called Haazinu, which is an epic poem or 'song' designed to inspire the Jews in future generations to return to G-d ".
5768 This week's Torah portion 'Ha'Azinu' is a song from G-d to encourage the Jews to be the holy, constructive nation they were meant to be and not the selfish egotists they want to be.
5769 This Shabbat we read the second-to-last weekly Torah portion; a lyric-poem to help the Jews to not sin that ends with Moses' death.
5770 This week will be the Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanna, the ‘Head of the Year’ and on the Shabbat immediately afterward we read a poem from G-d beginning with the words Ha’Azinu to remind the Jews of their mission in the world.
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