Haazinu by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Haazinu: An Adaptation for 2018 By Rabbi David Hartley Mark                                         Blossom, O Heavens, when I invoke,                                       Let the round Earth attend to my saga;                                       We laud the LORD, Maker of Heaven and Earth—                                       For all of our lives, He’s the Author.                                         We mortals are human, and oft miss […]

Haazinu, Revisited By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Haazinu (האזינו) Torah: Deut 32:1 – 32:52 Haftarah: II Samuel 22:1 – 22:51 Hear me, O’ Cosmos, when I declaim, Let the Firmament absorb my words. May my thoughts descend like acid rain, Sizzling into the suffering earth, Soaked with generations of blood and strife Roiled with rivenings of man against man. The Name of my Lord […]

Ha’azinu by David Hartley Mark

Is one permitted to not like a piece of Biblical poetry? I have been reading, chanting, and studying this parsha/Torah Reading for all of my life, and Ha’azinu continually grates on me, year after year. Why? Because it illustrates a viewpoint of religious theodicy with which I disagree: that if bad things happen to us, […]

Parsha Ha’azinu by David Hartley Mark

Is one permitted to not like a piece of Biblical poetry? I have been reading, chanting, and studying this parsha/Torah Reading for all of my life, and, to speak truth (I can’t lie; I’m a rabbi, after all), it continually grates on me, year after year. Why? Because it illustrates a basic tenet of religious […]

Torah Together – Parshah Ha’azinu