Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Ha’azinu 5776

Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Ha’azinu 5776

This Shabbat we read from Parashat Ha’azinu which includes in it Moshe’s farewell song to the Israelite people. It is true that this long poem is not all about the skies being blue and the future being bright. Moshe is as honest as he has been all throughout Deuteronomy about the future that lays ahead – one that the Israelites have the power to control with their actions. What is also interesting to note is that depending on the way the calendar falls, Ha’azinu is sometimes read before Yom Kippur and sometimes after, but always in the new year. It teaches us that even if it takes us a little extra time, beginning the New Year with song is a beautiful and spiritual way to start. Having sung so many melodies over the High Holidays, it is always wonderful to hear the Shabbat melodies we know and love as we prepare for the special Sukkot melodies that will greet us next week. I look forward to singing with each of you in the coming days and weeks.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik
PS – For those who really love to sing, please think about joining our SOJC choir, which is always looking for new voices. If you’re interested, please let me know!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Hillel Skolnik

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