HaAzinu

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Parshas Ha’azinu; It’s not Purely Academic! There are two brachos which we say that are from the Torah; the rest are all of Rabbinic origin.

These two are birkas hamazon (‘bentching’) and birkas hatorah - printed in the siddurim just before shacharis.

The after blessing over the seven species of…

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Read steady bless

The pasuk ‘when I call out the Name of HaShem, ascribe greatness to our God’ (32:3) is explained by various gemarras to refer to the pre-Birkas Hamazon zimun and also to the obligation to make a bracha on the Torah. Interestingly, both are communally-focussed. Zimun obviously has a communal facet,…

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Rain & Dew

In the second pasuk of our sedra (32:2) we are told that ‘My lessons (I.e. the Torah) should drop like rain, and My words should flow like dew.’ Why the two expressions dew and rain? The idea has been said that rain and dew represent the two types of ‘religious…

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Parashas Haazinu – The Harmony of Creation

Parashas Haazinu – The Harmony of Creation
This week's sedra is Parashas Haazinu which is a mere 52 possukim and is made up predominantly of a shirah (song) which Moshe spoke of at the end of last week's Parasha, Vayeilech. According to the Ramban, Haazinu is called a shirah because it…

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