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Reading the Bible Very Slowly : Haazinu, הַאֲזִינוּ (Give ear!), Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52

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Haazinu, Ha'azinu, or Ha'Azinu (הַאֲזִינוּ — Hebrew for "listen" when directed to more than one person, the first word in the parashah) is the 53rd weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the 10th in the book of Deuteronomy. It constitutes Deuteronomy 32:1–52. The parashah is made up of 2,326 Hebrew letters, 614 Hebrew words, and 52 verses, and can occupy about 92 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).[1]

Jews read it on a Sabbath between the holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, generally in September or October. Jews who read the Torah according to the triennial cycle of Torah reading nonetheless read the entire parashah of Haazinu every year.[2]

The parashah sets out the Song of Moses — an indictment of the Israelites’ sins, a prophecy of their punishment, and a promise of God’s ultimate redemption of them.

The bulk of the parashah, the song of Deuteronomy 32:1–43, appears in the Torah scroll in a distinctive two-column format, reflecting the poetic structure of the text, where in each line, an opening colon is matched by a second, parallel thought unit.

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 17:00
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