Image: Moses leads the Jews across the Reed Sea, pursued by Pharaoh and his army. Fresco from the 3rd c. (CE) synagogue in Dura-Europos in Asia Minor. Public Domain.
This week’s parashah, Ha’azinu, is dramatic: Moses makes his farewell in poetry.
Give ear, O heavens, let me speak! Let the earth hear the words I utter! – Deut 32:1
Moses stands before the People as he recites this, but he is speaking to all of heaven and earth. He knows that his life has had great import, and he has some things to say before he dies.
The best way to read this portion is to hear it: hear it read aloud in English, sure, but if you have the opportunity, hear it chanted from the Torah. It is a chapter of drama and poetry and prophecy.
Our darshanim this week:
Seeing Is Believing – Rabbi Avi Olitzky
The Spirituality of Song – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Listen, O Heavens, O Israel, and Moses Too – Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb
Ha’azinu and the High Holy Days – Rabbi Amy Scheinerman
Ha’azinu – Rabbi Seth Goldstein (Podcast)
Walking the Walk – Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Shirat Ha’azinu and Moshe’s Final Message – Yakov Ellenbogen