Ha'azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52)
Meaning of the Torah portion name
The portion is named, Haazinu, literally "listen!" or "give ear!', because it is begins with a request to the heavens and Earth to hear what is being said. This week's portion is, in fact, a complete piece of biblical poetry, a song built in parallelism This song talks of God's relationship with Israel, of how he saved them and brought them through the desert to the promised land, and how the Israelites defied his trust. It talks of how the Israelites will be punished for deserting God. The song is an additional way of warning the people against their bad behavior. Moses expects this behavior by prophecy, and talks to the people about it before he climbs up to Mount Nebo where he is to die. The language of biblical poetry is especially difficult to understand, because poetry is always more conservative and archaic than prose. Therefore, Ha'azinu is full of difficult words and combinations.
List of dates
Parashat Haazinu is read in the Diaspora on:
|11 October 2008|
|26 September 2009|
|11 September 2010|