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PARSHA POSTS: HAAZINU
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Michael S. Diamond
Oct 3, 2018, 8:07 AM
I Sing the Body: Ha’azinu
The golem Israel teetered on the Eastern bank of the Jordan River, looking neither right nor left, staring straight ahead, murmuring incoherently. The golem’s limbs and torso, twitching with life, had been organized around the seven energy centers installed...
Stephanie Z. Bonder
Sep 24, 2018, 12:02 AM
Victims of drunken sexual assault don't forget it
Can Kavanaugh's accuser be heard by the members of an all-white-older-male Senate committee in a society that continues to disrespect women?
Sep 22, 2018, 12:32 AM
A season that is built for success
Mere minutes after the conclusion of Neilah, we pray anew ‘forgive us’ and ‘pardon us’ as part of the weekday Evening Service. Isn’t this redundant? After a full day of chest-beating atonement, what could we possibly be seeking fresh...
Sep 21, 2018, 1:50 AM
Singing out water from the rock
Haazinu is an ode to God, to our relationship with God, and to the magnificence of Torah; this is my ode to Haazinu
Sep 21, 2018, 12:21 AM
Haazinu: The Perils of Success
Sometimes an observation on current events can yield a timeless insight. Take for example, this blog post about America today, as seen through the eyes of an American expat. The post is quite well-written and touches on some wry truths, but...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Sep 20, 2018, 8:50 PM
What do King David and Jonah have in Common?
In memory of Ari Fuld z”l, a friend for almost 40 years When reading the Haftara for Parshat Haazinu (Shmuel Bet, 22:1-51), King David’s Thanksgiving Song, you may experience déjà vu. These words sound so familiar that you may say...
Sep 20, 2018, 6:29 PM
Emotional intelligence (Ha’azinu 5779)
To entrench Torah in the hearts of the Israelites, Moses turned to song -- music, poetry, literature, and metaphor
Sep 17, 2018, 11:14 AM
Haazinu: Three Types of Idolatry
Idolatry is in a man's own thought, not in the opinion of another. -John Selden In the penultimate Torah reading, Moses bids farewell to the people of Israel in poetic form, in the Song of Haazinu. It is a dense,...
Sep 16, 2018, 10:14 PM
The strange poetry of Parshat Haazinu, and a hint of the afterlife
Lovers of poetry are a rare, often eccentric, breed, while poetry in the Torah is a rare occurrence indeed. What is it about poetry that makes it so appealing to its connoisseurs and dilettantes? Surely it is not clarity. If...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Sep 15, 2018, 11:20 PM
Parshat Haazinu: Making goodness the choice (II)
We have mentioned often that the book of Deuteronomy is the final recount and reiteration of what makes life meaningful, and what doesn’t; after the experiences, vicissitudes, and situations lived by the children of Israel before their entering the...