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Torah Talk for Parashat Ha’azinu

October 11, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

At the end of Moshe’s last speech to Bnei Yisrael, Hashem tells Moshe to write down a song to teach to the Israelites. “Put this song in their mouths,” Hashem says, “so that the words may become a witness for Me against them. After I bring them to the land that flows with milk and honey, they will eat and be satisfied and become obese. They will turn to other gods and serve them and mock Me and break My covenant. Then when many oppressive evils come upon them, this song will testify against them as witness.”

Hashem invokes two very specific witnesses for this song (32:1): “Listen, heavens, and I will speak; and the earth will hear the words of My mouth.” But Hashem is not the only one to invoke the heavens and earth as witnesses. Read more >