Kenneth Cohen

Perfect Justice

Parshat האזינו is also known as the “Shira,” the song. It describes the future of the Jewish people in a poetic form.

One of the verses describes Hashem as a G-d who is faithful without flaws. In the book, Derech Hashem of the Ramchal, he makes a very strong emphasis on G-d’s perfection and absolute justice. We must never doubt that there will be perfect justice in a manner that an earthly court could never duplicate. We must be patient, as the justice will come on Hashem’s terms, not ours.

The Chafetz Chaim spoke to a very depressed Jewish community after World War One. He emphasized the importance of not wavering in their faith in G-d, who would help through the difficult times ahead. He said, “For those with strong faith, there are no questions. For those who lack faith, there are no answers.”

Parshat האזינו is meant to help us stay focused on how we are to live and believe. As the Propher Chavakuk said, צדיק באמונתו יחיה, “And the righteous shall live by his faith.”

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at