Ha'azinu: A Summary of the Parashah

Moses recites a song to the Children of Israel that testifies to their covenant with God.

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"You must die because you trespassed against Me in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of contention in Kadesh, in the wilderness of Tzin; because you did not sanctify Me in the midst of the sons of Israel. For only from afar shall you see the Land; you will not come there, not to the land that I am giving to the sons of Israel."

Questions For Discussion

1) What does God mean when God says song will be a "witness" against the people of Israel? Does this song serve as a "witness" to the Jews today? How?

2) Describe the "children of Israel" in this song. Is this how you perceive yourself and your fellow Jews today? In what ways?

3) Describe "God" in this song. Is this how you perceive God today?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

Nancy Reuben Greenfield has written three adaptations of the Torah, including an
interactive family version at www.TiptoeThroughTheTorah.com, and an engaging
Jewish immigrant novel, The Golden Medina, available on itunes and Amazon.