HA’AZINU (give ear)

Listen to my warning Israel

 Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect: all His ways are judgments: an Elohim of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He. C-MATS

Question: Is יהוה’s judgment fair to the righteous and the wicked? Even though יהוה is strong like a rock, when He brings judgment upon those who disobey His will, He does not bring it in a flood of anger, but rather with justice because “His work is perfect.” The term perfect refers to the article of faith that the totality of יהוה’s work-the infinite combination of good fortune and failure, happiness and sadness, joy and tragedy-is harmonious whole, even though human intelligence is incapable of understanding how all the pieces of יהוה’s puzzle fit together. He is faithful to reward the righteous their due in the world-to-come. And even though He defers their reward, in the end He will fulfill His words. Even to the wicked; יהוה rewards them in this world for any righteous deeds they might have performed. Chumash

Question: יהוה is described as the “an Elohim of truth”. He always keeps to His word and we can totally rely on Him. יהוה is an unchanging “Rock” of stability who fulfills everything He says, even if it takes time before we are able to see it. The Torah teaches us that we should try to be like this too and become somebody the people around us can count on. Chumash

Question: What are some ways that you can practice being reliable in your daily lives?

  • You should be on time for work and school.
  • Be careful to keep appointments and to come on time.
  • You should meet your job and school deadlines.
  • Pay your bills on time.
  • Keep all your promises. (Be careful not to make a promise you cannot keep.)
  • Do your share of household chores without someone asking you to help.