Friday, September 25, 2015

Text message Haazinu

Parashat Ha’azinu

This section has a very particular layout in the Torah scroll. Most of the text of this parasha is written in two columns.
This is a song, Moses’ final song before his departure to Mount Nevoh where he will die.
The first verse that comes after the song (and here the text returns to its normal layout) says:  “And Moses spoke all the words of this song for the people to hear.”
Was it a song or maybe a poem? But Moses spoke the words to the people rather than singing them or reciting as one might for a poem.
Sometimes the right words may resonate better than the best melody and, on other occasions, the sound of a good melody can be better than thousands of words.

In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L

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