Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 26, 2011

Ha’Azeenu – Listen

This week’s Torah reading is Ha’azeenu.  Because this Shabbos falls between Rosh Hashona and Yom Kippur it is also called Shabbos Shuva – continuing the theme of returning (Shuva) to the King and fulfilling His commandments.

This Parsha is a unique poetic song, sung by Moshe to the Jewish nation shortly before being buried on Har Navo.

Moshe begins by using the phrase Ha’azeenu Hashamayim – “Give ear you heaven” and followed later by Vitishmah Ha’aretz “and hear you earth”.  The commentators point out that Moshe used the word Ha’azeenu when mentioning Hashamayim – heaven, because Moshe was near to heaven and more distant from earth – which the word Tishmah implies.  Indeed Moshe was the Prophet that spent many days and nights on Har Sinai communicating with the Giver of the Torah where Moshe neither ate physical food or drank physical water, certainly a heavenly experience.  The question is; How does it relate to us as we do eat and drink physical food?

During this time frame – between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur our judgement to live or die in the coming year hangs in the balance.  We are like Moshe, possibly ready to go to our Har Navo – thus closer to heaven.  Indeed, Yom Kippur we fast and present ourselves as angels – closer to heaven.  Shabbos Shuva – returning to our King – is a time to remind us that our actions indeed need to be ‘heavenly’ – ‘angelic’ by following the King’s commandments.  The Shabbos itself is a ‘heavenly’ day.  No work is done and we are given over to serving our King in our ‘eating’ and ‘drinking’ – our physical activities.

Pray – return – and hopefully the King will bless all of us with the ultimate blessing of making this earth a heavenly world with the building of the 3rd Beis Hamikdosh – the Holy Temple and all that it represents.

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