Ha’azinu: Moshe’s Tragic End

Posted by Meir Schweiger on September 17, 2018
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Ha'azinu

In the closing verses of this week’s parsha, Moshe is told that he will not enter the land which is destined to be the eternal possession of the Jewish people; rather he is to ascend Mount Nevo, to see the land from afar before he passes on. Once again, he is told that the reason he cannot enter the land is that he did not sanctify G-d in the midst of the Jewish people by the waters of Meribah. This fact is very disturbing because the punishment seems to be far in excess of the crime. In this podcast, Rabbi Schweiger will not answer the question of theodicy, but will grapple with it in light of another verse in the parsha.

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About Meir Schweiger

Meir teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir came on aliya in 1972 from “the Bronx”, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion.Click here to read more.

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