Student Teaching in the New Millenium

Giving Ear (5771 Ha’azinu)

In Deuteronomy on October 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Give ear, oh heavens, let me speak;
Let the earth hear the words I utter!  (Devarim 32:1)

But who are the heavens?
And who are the earth?

Hosea 14:2-10
Micah 7:18-20
Joel 2:15-27
Deuteronomy 32:1-52

Parsha Ha’azinu tells us that we forsook God, that Jeshurun grew fat and kicked (Devarim 32:15).  Are we a nation of cows and sheep?

Does the parsha say “if only you would do the Law, good things will happen?”  Is the Torah a manual to prosperity?  Is the universe alive, or merely a mechanism that takes input and returns like output?  Is it a mechanism for Life, or a mechanism of Life, and what is the difference?  What is the difference between offering a cow and saying words?

Why does God switch from hiding his countenance to helping his people against their enemies, in response to the enemies’ doubts rather than the peoples’ merit?  Is God faithful or fickle?  Is the peoples’ hardship purification or meaningless?  Who is this God who starts in Love and ends in Vengeance?  What is God’s nature?

Do the prophets testify to a Vengeful God or clarify a Loving God?

Who is asked to give ear here?


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