Parashat Ha'azinu - September 22nd


האזינו Haazinu

Deuteronomy 32.1-52

Deuteronomy 32.7: “’Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations.’ Another explanation is this : ‘Remember the days of old’ means that whenever God brings sufferings upon you, remember how many good and comfortable things he is about to give you in the world to come. ‘Consider the years of many generations’ denotes the generation of the Messiah.” [Siphre (ed. Friedmann), p. 134, col. 1]




Deuteronomy 32.21: “They have made me jealous with what is no god; they have provoked me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are no people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.”

The apostle Paul quotes this verse when he writes about the fact that the knowledge of the God of Israel through the Messiah will come also to the Gentile nations: “Did Israel not understand? First Moses says, ‘I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.’” (Romans 10.19).




Haftarah: 2 Samuel 22.1-51

T: Ezekiel 17.22—18.32

2 Samuel 22.28: “You deliver a humble people, but your eyes are upon the haughty to bring them down.”

The Talmud understands this verse to refer to the Messiah. “R. Johanan said: ‘When you see a generation ever dwindling, hope for him [the Messiah], as it is written, “And the afflicted [or, humble] people you will save” (2 Samuel 22.28).’ R. Johanan said: ‘When you see a generation overwhelmed by many troubles as by a river, await him, as it is written, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59.19); which is followed by, “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion” (Isaiah 59.20).’” [bSanh. 98a]

Shabbat Shalom!





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