Parashat Ha'azinu

Remember the Days of Old

The Torah describes an earlier time, when lands were distributed fairly by God.

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This short verse of Ha'azinu, then, offers us two opportunities for reflection and action in the new year. First, as Jews, we have a unique capacity to improve the world and must translate that capacity into action on behalf of those who are suffering. And second, as we see ourselves created in God's image, we must take action to bring about a more equitable distribution of resources to our world, if not literally in land then through tzedakah.

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Rabbi Adam Rosenthal

Adam Rosenthal received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in May of 2007 and is now serving as rabbi of Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City, California. He is an alumnus of the 2007 AJWS Rabbinical Students Delegation to El Salvador.