“HA’AZINU/Give Ear or Listen”


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Ha’azinu/Listen — האזינו


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Moshe/Moses compared the people of Israel to the grass and the TORAH that he had taught them to life-giving water. Moses prayed that his teaching would be to Israel like rain and dew, which water the grass and vegetation: “Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as the droplets on the fresh grass and as the showers on the herb” (Deuteronomy 32:2).


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  • TORAH:

Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52



2 Samuel 22:1-51



John 6:26-35

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Note: The regular readings above are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.

Portion Summary

The word Ha’azinu (האזינו) literally means “give ear,” an expression meaning “Listen to this.” It is also the name of the fifty-third and second-to-last reading from the Torah. It is the first word of the Song of Moses, which begins with the words “Give ear (Ha’azinu), O heavens, and let me speak” (Deuteronomy 32:1). This Torah portion is only a single chapter long, and the majority of it consists of the Song of Moses. The Song of Moses is a prophetic oracle warning Israel about apostasy to come and the resulting wrath of God. The song looks far into the future, even envisioning the Messianic advent amid rich and frightening apocalyptic imagery. After the conclusion of the song, Moses is told to ascend Mount Nebo and overlook the Promised Land before dying.

Portion Outline

    • Deuteronomy 31:30 | The Song of Moses
    • Deuteronomy 32:48 | Moses’ Death Foretold
    • 2 Samuel 22:1 | David’s Song of Thanksgiving


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