האזינו

This week’s parsha is only 52 verses, and is almost entirely composed of a poem that Moshe tells over to the Israelites as he prepares to die.  Similar to the curses that are read right before the High Holidays, Ha’azinu is largely negative, explaining all that will befall the people if they do not follow Hashem’s ways.  I think that the message behind the timing of this parsha is clear: just as we needed to be alert to the possibility of failure and the attendant consequences before the Day of Judgement, so too we cannot let our guard down just because we have all recently completed Yom Kippur.  We have vowed to start fresh, and the parsha is reminding us to start on the right foot, and not allow our resolve to falter like it so often does in relation to new year’s resolutions.

No matter the month

Elul or Tishrei, we must

Strive to be better

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