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Parashat Ha'Azinu - 5776

My friends,

Wishing you a G'mar Hatimah Tovah - a happy and Healthy 5776.

This week's Parasha is the last of the weekly Torah Readings for Shabbat. There is only one Parasha left in the Book of Deuteronomy after this one, and that's Vezot Habracha - This is the Blessing - which is read on Simchat Torah, when we complete the cycle of reading from the Torah and start again form the beginning with Bereshit.

Ha'azinu is the song, or poem, that Moses taught the children of Israel before he died. The poem describes what would be the consequences for the Children of Israel if they betray the teachings of the Torah.

I would like to concentrate on one verse from this poem:

"Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of past generations;
Ask your father, he will inform you,
Your elders, they will tell you." (Deuteronomy 32:7)

This is a clear Mitzvah to study history, to learn of what happened, and the changes that have occurred from generation to generation.

In addition to the Mitzvah of studying history, there are six "Zachor" - "Remember" - that we are supposed to remember every day. They are recited in Sefardi synagogues at the conclusion of the morning service:

I believe each of the 'remember's above can be applied to our life - as a people or as individuals. Think about it. Think about why these 6 events and commandments are so important in the life of our people and in the life of each individual.

Shabbat Shalom,

Avram