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Ha’azinu – Shishi
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“God stretches His metaphorical hand towards Heaven and proclaims that just as He lives forever, He will wield His sword like lightning against His enemies. His arrows and His sword (all metaphorical) will be most busy. The nations will sing praises to God for avenging them and He will atone for His people and His […]
Ha’azinu – Chamishi
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“If the nations were wise, they would think about what they’re doing and shape up. How could tiny Israel conquer much more powerful nations unless God was on their side? Their idols are nothing! Their (metaphorical) fruit is like poison grapes. Their vine is like a cobra’s venom. God has their punishment waiting for them […]
Ha’azinu – R’vi’i
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“God was not amused by this, so He ‘hid His face’ from them so they’d see what life would be like without Him. They’re a fickle people and they will frequently waver. They’ve ‘cheated on’ God with other non-gods before. He can do the same to them, by favoring a ‘non-nation.’ “When God gets riled […]
Ha’azinu – Shlishi
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“God carried the Jews to high places, where they enjoyed the finest things. Then the upright nation became complacent and rebelled. (Verse 15: ‘Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked.’) They abandoned God in favor of idols, which are nothing. These were new religious practices, unknown to previous generations and lacking in substance. They forgot the One […]
Ha’azinu – Sheini
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“Remember the old days and bygone eras. Ask your parents and your grandparents. You’ll discover that when God divided the human race into 70 nations (at the Tower of Babel), it was to correspond to the number of Jews who descended to Egypt. Israel is that significant in the scheme of things. God has kept […]
Ha’azinu – Rishon
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“Listen up, Heaven and Earth, so that my words may pour down on you like rain. When you hear me say God’s Name, ascribe due honor to Him! He is always consistent and His deeds are perfect. His ways are just and He is reliable. He is perfectly righteous. He doesn’t cause destruction; that happens […]
Vayeilech – Haftarah
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(When Netsavim and Vayelech are read separately, Vayelech is Shabbat Shuvah.) This being Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath between Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur, when Jews are busily trying to repent all their sins so as to avert the judgment of pure justice, the haftarah opens with Hosea’s call for the Jews to return (the literal […]
Vayeilech – Sh’vi’i
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Moshe gave the original Torah manuscript to the Levites to keep with the Aron. It would serve as a witness for the Jews and Moshe knew they would need it, since they tended to rebel against God even in his presence. He could only imagine what they’d be like after he was gone! He called […]
Vayeilech – Shishi
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God said He would bring the Jews into the land, where they would live comfortably. Nevertheless, they’ll abandon Him in favor of unliving idols. When they are afflicted as punishment, the song will testify on their behalf. Trust Him; God knows what the people are like. So, Moshe wrote down the song and taught it […]
Vayeilech – Chamishi
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God told Moshe to get ready because his end was rapidly approaching. He had Moshe bring Yehoshua to the Mishkan, where He caused His Presence to manifest in the pillar of cloud. God told Moshe that after he was gone, the nation would stray into idolatry. God will then “look away” and allow the Jews’ […]