Parashat Ha’azinu / Sacred Words as Raindrops

Rain serves as a metaphor for the Torah: Indeed, although its words stem from a single source, they appear in endless variety. The relationship between the diversity of words in the Torah and its single divine source is comparable to the relationship between the diversified botanical world and its one, nourishing source of water: rainfall.

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In the opening part of the biblical poem that constitutes most of this week’s Torah reading, Parashat Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52), Moses calls upon heaven and earth to solemnly swear that they will listen...