Prophecy of Parshat Ha’azinu

This week’s Torah portion is Ha’azinu which is also known for its Shira, or song. The great commentator, the Or Hachaim, who lived over two hundred years ago saw this Shira as being highly prophetic with relevance for our times.

There are three interesting points made by the Or Hachaim also known as Chaim Ben Attar. The first point is the importance of Jewish unity. When the Jewish people are of like mind regardless of individual observance, we are a force that cannot be harmed by anyone in the world.

The second more fascinating point is that there will come a time when the Jewish people will not be able to take themselves out of the exile. The righteous of the generation will not have the strength to rebuke the people and get them out. Only after a tragedy that will involve the death of a large number of people, will G-d Himself rebuild the House of Israel.
The final point of the Or Hachaim is that in the future, the nations of the world will be judged and they will regret their treatment of the Jews. They will acknowledge the truth of Judaism and will desire to serve the Jewish people.

It is pretty amazing that this commentary is coming true in our lifetimes. Shabbat Shalom

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for more than twenty years. He has been teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach, Old Katamon, Jerusalem, for the nearly seventeen years. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles.