Friday, June 21, 2013

Haazinu Verses and related Torah Portions

39. See now that it is I! I am the One, and there is no G-d like Me! I cause death and grant life. I strike, but I heal, and no one can rescue from My Hand! (Deuteronomy 32:39)  

Torah Portion of Chukat describes the Red Heifer, which is the only way Hashem prescribes for purification from contact with the dead; portion also contains Miriam's death, lack of water, punishment of Moshe and Aaron, and attack from Amalek; furhermore, the portion contains the plague from fiery serpents and the cure through looking at copper fiery serpents, whose healing power came solely from Hashem.

40. For I raise up My hand to heaven, and say, 'As I live forever.' (Deuteronomy 32:40)

Torah Portion of  Balak describes Balaam's attempt to destroy the Jewish people, which Hashem prevented, a sign of the eternality of the Jewish people; Pinchas also raised his hand to Heaven and saved the people from total destruction from the plague caused by the sin of Bal-Peor.

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