Condolences to Chezi Michaeli on the loss of his mother.    Mazeltov to Caryn daughter of Jeff and the Late Charmaine Lipshitz on the occasion of her engagement to Mark son of Herbert and Vivienne Hamburger.    Mazeltov to Matin and Kaili Croock on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Denis and Roz Basserabie and Howard and Bev Croock.    Condolence on the passing of Ilana Tockar daughter of Dorothy Milner.     Condolences on the passing of Aida Mandelstam mother of Arlene Wainer     Mazeltov to Raymond and Aviva Hack on the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Gary and Tammy Brower.
Parashat Ha’azinu: A Summary
Parashat Ha’azinu: A Summary

The Torah portion is a song, a poem taught to the Jewish people by Moshe. It recounts the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people during the 40 years in the desert. Jewish consciousness, until the present generation, was to teach every Jewish child to memorize Ha’azinu. In this manner we internalized the lessons of our history, especially the futility of rebelling against the Almighty.

The portion ends with Moshe being told to ascend Mount Nevo to see the Promised Land before he dies and is “gathered to his people”. By the way, this is one of the allusions to an afterlife in the Torah. Moshe died alone and no one knows where he is buried. Therefore, “gathered to his people” has a higher meaning!