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There never again arose a prophet in Israel like Moshe . . . (Devarim 34:10)
Like Parashas Bereishis, the first parshah and arguably one of the most important of the entire Torah, Parashas Zos HaBrochah, the very last parshah of the entire Torah, always seems to get short shrift. It is read on Simchas Torah which steals the show. This is after a week of Succos during which the priorities are the proper fulfillment of the mitzvah of lulav and esrog, and enjoying life in the Succah.
It is so ridiculous that it almost seems like a conspiracy. Is there something important embedded in these parshios that we’re not supposed to know that we’re made to just about skip over them? Are there secrets buried in these parshios that we keep missing
"Seek out Hashem when He can be found..." (Yeshaya 55:6)
The ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are referred to by our Sages as the "Aseres Y'mei Teshuva" - "ten days of repentance". This concept is alluded to in the verses. The Rambam records that during this period Teshuva is more effective.1 The mitzva of Teshuva can be performed throughout the entire year; what is the significance of this time period that makes it more auspicious for repentance?
The Rambam, in his magnum opus
Our parshah opens: “Moshe went and spoke these words to all of Israel.” Where was Moshe “going”? R’ Mordechai Twersky z”l (1798-1837; the Maggid of Chernobyl) explains:
We read (Bemidbar 14:17), “And now, may the strength of my Lord be magnified, as You have spoken, saying.” This alludes to the teaching of Kabbalists that when a person speaks, i.e., prays, he magnifies the Name of G-d and has the ability to elevate the souls of many Jews.
How does a person know if he is praying properly? The
Since this is the first Shabbos after Yom Kippur, it is important to try to preserve that awesome level of spirituality that we all attained on this holiest of all days and utilize it to enhance our Shabbos. Each individual on his or her own level must find a way to grow and develop his or her unique potential.
At the end of this week`s parsha, HaAzinu, the Torah teaches us that Moshe Rabbenu dies, and is denied the privilege of entering the land of Israel.
The reason given is that he did
The designation, Shabbos Shuva is given because, on this day, we read the Haftorah from the prophet Hosea which says: Return O Israel to the L-rd Your G-d. HaShem, who is our compassionate Father, is reaching out and waiting for each and every one of us to come to Him.
The parsha opens with the electrifying words, “Ha`azinu HaShamayim – “Listen o Heavens and I will speak, and may the earth hear the words of my mouth.” (Deut. 32:1)
Moshe Rabbenu reminds us that even when he is