What are we doing here? A look at Moshe’s final message

  Every so often we come across a passuk that has a deep message for us both in olam haHalacha and in olam haMachshava. This week, in Moshe’s climatic rally, we are taught the following: כי שם ה’ אקרא הבו גדל לא-להינו (דברים לב:ג) When I will proclaim the...

A Misplaced Fast – 5778

  Rabbi Ilan Goldman Former Rav-Shaliach, Bnei Akiva England   A Misplaced Fast A unique attitude to the years cycle is taught by the Ramchal in Derech Hashem. Every time of year has its special potential and its exclusive light. This light was unveiled in...

Rosh HaShana: Time to Move​ -5778

   Rabbi Yisrael Cohn  Director of Aliyah, Jerusalem Municipality Rosh HaShana: Time to Move​ אמר רבי כרוספדאי אמר רבי יוחנן: שלשה ספרים נפתחין בראש השנה, אחד של רשעים גמורין, ואחד של צדיקים גמורין, ואחד של בינוניים. צדיקים גמורין – נכתבין ונחתמין לאלתר לחיים,...

Two strands of one thread – 5777

    Rabbi Benji Levy Dean of Moriah College, Sydney   Ideals and reality Two strands of one thread Parshat Ha’azinu begins, “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; and may the earth hear the words of my mouth.” According to Rashi, when he was warning Israel,...

This Song Shall Testify Before Them as a Witness

Last week’s we got a brief introduction to this week’s Parasha when mentioning that the upcoming Song will serve as a witness, never to be forgotten, during the times when many evils and troubles come upon Bnei Yisrael. However, when expecting the song to...

Remembering The Days Of The World

Towards the beginning of the poem of Ha’azinu, we find a special command enjoining us to “remember”: “Remember the days of the world, understand the years of bygone generations; ask your father, and he will inform you, your elders – and they will tell you”...

Learning the Past – a Lesson for the Future

פרופ’ פנחס פלאי, תשס”ג The inscription at the entrance to Yad Vashem, the shrine of the memory of the Holocaust in Jerusalem, contains the following saying, taken from the writings of one of the Hasidic masters, Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav: “In...

The Rock! His Deeds Are Perfect

ד”ר אברהם ארזי, תשס”ג Beyond Human Comprehension Moses concludes his life with a poem, the poem of “Haazinu [give ear],” which encompasses the entire history of the people of Israel from its birth to the future. The poem opens with a verse that...

The Power of Situations – 5765

A reading of the song of Ha’azinu leaves us puzzled: while the song describes the future of the Jewish nation, there is almost no mention of the nation in the active voice. Everything is done by God; everything happens – or happened – to Am Yisrael,...