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The Rambam statesHilchos Teshuvah 2:6. that although teshuvah , repentance, is always efficacious, it is even more so during the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, the 10-day period of repentance that begins with Rosh HaShanah and concludes with Yom Kippur. For the v...
Most of the Torah portion of Ha’azinu is taken up with Moshe’s song, known as the Song of Ha’azinu.Rambam, Hilchos Sefer Torah 7:10, ch. 8 (under the heading, Sefer Eileh HaDevarim); Hilchos Temidin U’Musofin 6:9. At the conclusion of the song, the verse ...
The Torah portion Ha’azinu begins with Moshe saying:Devarim 32:1. “Listen heaven and I will speak; hear earth the words of my mouth.” The Sifri notesBeginning of Ha’azinu. that concerning heaven Moshe used an expression denoting closeness, ha’azinu , whil...
The Torah reading of Ha’azinu opens with Moshe’s words: “Listen heaven and I will speak; hear earth the words of my mouth.”Devarim 32:1. With these words Moshe called upon heaven and earth to bear witness concerning his admonitions and exhortations in the...
1. The Shirah which Moshe delivered on the last day of his life together with his faithful student and successor, Yehoshua, contains sharp words of admonishment and also encouraging words about the ultimate salvation that awaits the Jewish people. On the ...
Seventh Reading: Deuteronomy 32:44–52
After Moses finished conveying the Poem of Testimony to the Jewish people, he encouraged them to pay heed to all its lessons, as well as to the Torah in general. G-d’s Guide to Life כִּי לֹא דָבָר רֵק הוּא מִכֶּם כִּי הוּא חַיֵּיכֶם וגו': (דברים לב:מז) [M...
Sixth Reading: Deuteronomy 32:40–43
G-d then told Moses to inform the Jewish people that eventually the non-Jewish nations would appreciate them and praise them for remaining true to their covenant with G-d. When the Messiah Comes הַרְנִינוּ גוֹיִם עַמּוֹ וגו': (דברים לב:מג) [Moses addresse...
Fifth Reading: Deuteronomy 32:29–39
G-d told Moses to inform the Jewish people that after they would receive their corrective punishment for their lapses in loyalty to G-d’s covenant, G-d would comfort them and punish those who had persecuted them. Healing the World מָחַצְתִּי וַאֲנִי אֶרְפ...
Fourth Reading: Deuteronomy 32:19–28
G-d told Moses to inform the Jewish people that He would punish them for their misdeeds, but would nonetheless never forsake them. G-d’s Children בָּנִים לֹא אֵמֻן בָּם: (דברים לב:כ) [Moses said that G-d would say,] “They are children who [act] uneducated...
Third Reading: Deuteronomy 32:13–18
G-d then told Moses to inform the Jewish people how G-d would provide them with material bounty in the Land of Israel. But G-d also cautioned them that should they overindulge in this wealth, it would cause them to rebel against Him. The Challenge of Weal...
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