With Ha’azinu we climb to one of the peaks of Jewish spirituality. For a month Moses had taught the people. He had told them their history and destiny, and the laws that would make theirs a unique society of people bound in covenant with one another and with God. He renewed the covenant and then handed the […]
It was advertised as one symposium at a major psychology conference. It was to be a discussion about memory and forgetfulness. But it turned out to be one of the most intense and instructive days that I have ever witnessed. The first speaker began by insisting that the fact that we remember things is obvious. […]
“There never will be a prophet like Moshe again… and all that he did in clear sight of all of Israel.” — Devarim 34:12 In these, the very last posukim of the Torah, HASHEM recounts the greatness of Moshe Rabbeinu. Rashi teaches that “all he did in clear sight of Israel” refers to the breaking […]
“Remember the days of old; study the years of generation after generation; ask you father and he will relate it to you, your elders and they will tell you.” — Devarim 32:7 As one of his final addresses to the Jewish nation, Moshe Rabbeinu gave this counsel for the generations: Rashi explains that the words […]
After the litany of curses articulated in Parashat Ki Tavo, it is hard to believe that any remain, yet one more is mentioned repeatedly in Parashat Vayelech: Then my anger shall be kindled against them on that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be […]
In Ha’azinu, the penultimate parashah of the Torah, Moshe delivers his message in song. Although the parashah is replete with poetic allusions, the starting point for Moshe’s address is his call upon heaven to bear witness. Give ear, oh heavens and I will speak, and hear, oh earth, the words of my mouth. (D’varim 32:1) […]
Vayeilech – Shabbat Shuva A look at the two mitzvot in Vayeilech, a glipse into the haftara of Shuva and the Shuva passage from last week’s sedra, RH & YK’s Aleinu and Aleinu of every day, same for the bookends of the Amida everyday. And what Yom Kippur should accomplish within each of us.
It’s always from Hashem אמר ביום ההוא הלא על כי אין אלקי בקרבי מצאוני הרעות האלה (לא:יז) It seems as though this is a statement of teshuva on the part of Klal Yisrael; that they recognize that their aveiros caused the Shechina to leave them. However the next pasuk says “v’Anochi haster astir panay ba’yom […]