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 […]

Parsha Haazinu 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 […]