Parsha Haazinu הַאֲזִינוּ is the fifty-third parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the tenth reading in Deuteronomy (Devarim). As per Rabbi Sacks, this parsha is the Witness.
Haazinu הַאֲזִינוּ is translated as “listen”.
In English, Haazinu can be spelled 3 ways: (1)Haazinu, (2)Ha’azinu, or (3)Ha’Azinu
Haazinu הַאֲזִינוּ is the first word and the first distinctive word in verse 1. See the Hebrew text below.
Parsha Haazinu Readings
Torah: Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32.1-52
Halftorah: Normally – 2 Samuel 22.1 – 55
The Sabbath before Yom Kippur – Hosea 14. 2-10, Micah 7.18 – 20, Joel 2.15-27
Brit Hahagaddah: Ro. 10.17 – 11.12; 12.19; 15.9,10
Parsha Haazinu Aliyah:
First Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 32. 1 – 6
Second Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 32. 7 – 12
Third Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 32. 13 – 18
Fourth Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 32. 19 – 28
Fifth Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 32. 29 – 39
Sixth Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 32. 40 – 43
Seventh Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 32. 44 – 52
Parsha Haazinu Stats
- Hebrew letters – 2,326
- Hebrew words – 614
- Pesukim (sentences) – 52
- Lines in a Torah Scroll- 92
- Double Count – 1 (32.39)
- Scribal Practices – 3 (Enlarged 32.4,6; Diminished 32.18)
- Hebrew text for Parsha Haazinu
- Number of Mitzvot in Parsha Haazinu
- Maimonides says: 1
- Positive – 0
- Negative – 1
- Sefer ha-Chinuch says: 0
- Positive – 0
- Negative – 0
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32.1 – 6 (Parsha Haazinu, Aliyah 1)
Deu 32:1 Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
Deu 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew; as the small rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb.
Deu 32:3 For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
Deu 32:4 The Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice; a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is He.
Deu 32:5 Is corruption His? No; His children’s is the blemish; a generation crooked and perverse.
Deu 32:6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not He thy father that hath gotten thee? hath He not made thee, and established thee?
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32.7 – 12 Parsha Haazinu, Aliyah 2)
Deu 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask thy father, and he will declare unto thee, thine elders, and they will tell thee.
Deu 32:8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the children of men, He set the borders of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel.
Deu 32:9 For the portion of the LORD is His people, Jacob the lot of His inheritance.
Deu 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste, a howling wilderness; He compassed him about, He cared for him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.
Deu 32:11 As an eagle that stirreth up her nest, hovereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her pinions –
Deu 32:12 The LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with Him.
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32.13 – 18 (Parsha Haazinu, Aliyah 3)
Deu 32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, and he did eat the fruitage of the field; and He made him to suck honey out of the crag, and oil out of the flinty rock;
Deu 32:14 Curd of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and he-goats, with the kidney-fat of wheat; and of the blood of the grape thou drankest foaming wine.
Deu 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked – thou didst wax fat, thou didst grow thick, thou didst become gross – and he forsook God who made him, and contemned the Rock of his salvation.
Deu 32:16 They roused Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations did they provoke Him.
Deu 32:17 They sacrificed unto demons, no-gods, gods that they knew not, new gods that came up of late, which your fathers dreaded not.
Deu 32:18 Of the Rock that begot thee thou wast unmindful, and didst forget God that bore thee.
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32.19 – 28 (Parsha Haazinu, Aliyah 4)
Deu 32:19 And the LORD saw, and spurned, because of the provoking of His sons and His daughters.
Deu 32:20 And He said: ‘I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faithfulness.
Deu 32:21 They have roused Me to jealousy with a no-god; they have provoked Me with their vanities; and I will rouse them to jealousy with a no-people; I will provoke them with a vile nation.
Deu 32:22 For a fire is kindled in My nostril, and burneth unto the depths of the nether-world, and devoureth the earth with her produce, and setteth ablaze the foundations of the mountains.
Deu 32:23 I will heap evils upon them; I will spend Mine arrows upon them;
Deu 32:24 The wasting of hunger, and the devouring of the fiery bolt, and bitter destruction; and the teeth of beasts will I send upon them, with the venom of crawling things of the dust.
Deu 32:25 Without shall the sword bereave, and in the chambers terror; slaying both young man and virgin, the suckling with the man of gray hairs.
Deu 32:26 I thought I would make an end of them, I would make their memory cease from among men;
Deu 32:27 Were it not that I dreaded the enemy’s provocation, lest their adversaries should misdeem, lest they should say: Our hand is exalted, and not the LORD hath wrought all this.’
Deu 32:28 For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32.29 – 39 (Parsha Haazinu, Aliyah 5)
Deu 32:29 If they were wise, they would understand this, they would discern their latter end.
Deu 32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had given them over and the LORD had delivered them up?
Deu 32:31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
Deu 32:32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter;
Deu 32:33 Their wine is the venom of serpents, and the cruel poison of asps.
Deu 32:34 ‘Is not this laid up in store with Me, sealed up in My treasuries?
Deu 32:35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense, against the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that are to come upon them shall make haste.
Deu 32:36 For the LORD will judge His people, and repent Himself for His servants; when He seeth that their stay is gone, and there is none remaining, shut up or left at large.
Deu 32:37 And it is said: Where are their gods, the rock in whom they trusted;
Deu 32:38 Who did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink-offering? let him rise up and help you, let him be your protection.
Deu 32:39 See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god with Me; I kill, and I make alive; I have wounded, and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of My hand.
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32.40 – 43 (Parsha Haazinu, Aliyah 6)
Deu 32:40 For I lift up My hand to heaven, and say: As I live for ever,
Deu 32:41 If I whet My glittering sword, and My hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to Mine adversaries, and will recompense them that hate Me.
Deu 32:42 I will make Mine arrows drunk with blood, and My sword shall devour flesh; with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired heads of the enemy.’
Deu 32:43 Sing aloud, O ye nations, of His people; for He doth avenge the blood of His servants, and doth render vengeance to His adversaries, and doth make expiation for the land of His people.
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32.44 – 52 (Parsha Haazinu, Aliyah 7)
Deu 32:44 And Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.
Deu 32:45 And when Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel,
Deu 32:46 he said unto them: ‘Set your heart unto all the words wherewith I testify against you this day; that ye may charge your children therewith to observe to do all the words of this law.
Deu 32:47 For it is no vain thing for you; because it is your life, and through this thing ye shall prolong your days upon the land, whither ye go over the Jordan to possess it.’
Deu 32:48 And the LORD spoke unto Moses that selfsame day, saying:
Deu 32:49 ‘Get thee up into this mountain of Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession;
Deu 32:50 and die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people.
Deu 32:51 Because ye trespassed against Me in the midst of the children of Israel at the waters of Meribath-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified Me not in the midst of the children of Israel.
Deu 32:52 For thou shalt see the land afar off; but thou shalt not go thither into the land which I give the children of Israel.’
2 Samuel 22.1 – 55 (Parsha Haazinu, Haftarah)
2Sa 22:1 And David spoke unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul;
2Sa 22:2 and he said: The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
2Sa 22:3 The God who is my rock, in Him I take refuge; my shield, and my horn of salvation, my high tower, and my refuge; my saviour, Thou savest me from violence.
2Sa 22:4 Praised, I cry, is the LORD, and I am saved from mine enemies.
2Sa 22:5 For the waves of Death compassed me. The floods of Belial assailed me.
2Sa 22:6 The cords of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of Death confronted me.
2Sa 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, yea, I called unto my God; and out of His temple He heard my voice, and my cry did enter into His ears.
2Sa 22:8 Then the earth did shake and quake, the foundations of heaven did tremble; they were shaken, because He was wroth.
2Sa 22:9 Smoke arose up in His nostrils, and fire out of His mouth did devour; coals flamed forth from Him.
2Sa 22:10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and thick darkness was under His feet.
2Sa 22:11 And He rode upon a cherub, and did fly; yea, He was seen upon the wings of the wind.
2Sa 22:12 And He made darkness pavilions round about Him, gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
2Sa 22:13 At the brightness before Him coals of fire flamed forth.
2Sa 22:14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High gave forth His voice.
2Sa 22:15 And He sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
2Sa 22:16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were laid bare by the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
2Sa 22:17 He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters;
2Sa 22:18 He delivered me from mine enemy most strong, from them that hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
2Sa 22:19 They confronted me in the day of my calamity; but the LORD was a stay unto me.
2Sa 22:20 He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me.
2Sa 22:21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath He recompensed me.
2Sa 22:22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
2Sa 22:23 For all His ordinances were before me; and as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.
2Sa 22:24 And I was single-hearted toward Him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
2Sa 22:25 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in His eyes.
2Sa 22:26 With the merciful Thou dost show Thyself merciful, with the upright man Thou dost show Thyself upright,
2Sa 22:27 With the pure Thou dost show myself pure; and with the crooked Thou dost show Thyself subtle.
2Sa 22:28 And the afflicted people Thou dost save; but Thine eyes are upon the haughty, that Thou mayest humble them.
2Sa 22:29 For Thou art my lamp, O LORD; and the LORD doth lighten my darkness.
2Sa 22:30 For by Thee I run upon a troop; by my God do I scale a wall.
2Sa 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield unto all them that take refuge in Him.
2Sa 22:32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a Rock, save our God?
2Sa 22:33 The God who is my strong fortress, and who letteth my way go forth straight;
2Sa 22:34 Who maketh my feet like hinds’, and setteth me upon my high places;
2Sa 22:35 Who traineth my hands for war, so that mine arms do bend a bow of brass.
2Sa 22:36 Thou hast also given me Thy shield of salvation; and Thy condescension hath made me great.
2Sa 22:37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, and my feet have not slipped.
2Sa 22:38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; neither did I turn back till they were consumed.
2Sa 22:39 And I have consumed them, and smitten them through, that they cannot arise; yea, they are fallen under my feet.
2Sa 22:40 For Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle; Thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
2Sa 22:41 Thou hast also made mine enemies turn their backs unto me; yea, them that hate me, that I might cut them off.
2Sa 22:42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but He answered them not.
2Sa 22:43 Then did I beat them small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the streets, and did tread them down.
2Sa 22:44 Thou also hast delivered me from the contentions of my people; Thou hast kept me to be the head of the nations; a people whom I have not known serve me.
2Sa 22:45 The sons of the stranger dwindle away before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
2Sa 22:46 The sons of the stranger fade away, and come halting out of their close places.
2Sa 22:47 The LORD liveth, and blessed be my Rock; and exalted be the God, my Rock of salvation;
2Sa 22:48 Even the God that executeth vengeance for me, and bringeth down peoples under me,
2Sa 22:49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies; yea, Thou liftest me up above them that rise up against me; Thou deliverest me from the violent man.
2Sa 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto Thee, O LORD, among the nations, and will sing praises unto Thy name.
2Sa 22:51 A tower of salvation is He to His king; and showeth mercy to His anointed, to David and to his seed, for evermore.
SHABBAT SHUVA (The Shabbat before Yom Kippur)
Hosea 14.2 – 10 (Parsha Haazinu, Haftarah)
Hos 14:1 (14:2) Return, O Israel, unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast stumbled in thine iniquity.
Hos 14:2 (14:3) Take with you words, and return unto the LORD; say unto Him: ‘Forgive all iniquity, and accept that which is good; so will we render for bullocks the offering of our lips.
Hos 14:3 (14:4) Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses; neither will we call any more the work of our hands our gods; for in Thee the fatherless findeth mercy.’
Hos 14:4 (14:5) I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for Mine anger is turned away from him.
Hos 14:5 (14:6) I will be as the dew unto Israel; he shall blossom as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
Hos 14:6 (14:7) His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive-tree, and his fragrance as Lebanon.
Hos 14:7 (14:8) They that dwell under his shadow shall again make corn to grow, and shall blossom as the vine; the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
Hos 14:8 (14:9) Ephraim shall say: ‘What have I to do any more with idols?’ As for Me, I respond and look on him; I am like a leafy cypress-tree; from Me is thy fruit found.
Hos 14:9 (14:10) Whoso is wise, let him understand these things, whoso is prudent, let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right, and the just do walk in them; but transgressors do stumble therein.
Micah 7.18 – 20 (Parsha Haazinu, Haftarah)
Mic 7:18 Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth the iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy.
Mic 7:19 He will again have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Mic 7:20 Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, as Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
Joel 2.15 – 27 (Parsha Haazinu, Haftarah)
Joe 2:15 Blow the horn in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;
Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride out of her pavilion.
Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say: ‘Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not Thy heritage to reproach, that the nations should make them a byword: wherefore should they say among the peoples: Where is their God?’
Joe 2:18 Then was the LORD jealous for His land, and had pity on His people.
Joe 2:19 And the LORD answered and said unto His people: ‘Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations;
Joe 2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern one, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the eastern sea, and his hinder part toward the western sea; that his foulness may come up, and his ill savour may come up, because he hath done great things.’
Joe 2:21 Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice; for the LORD hath done great things.
Joe 2:22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field; for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth its fruit, the fig-tree and the vine do yield their strength.
Joe 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for He giveth you the former rain in just measure, and He causeth to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, at the first.
Joe 2:24 And the floors shall be full of corn, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
Joe 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpiller, and the palmer- worm, My great army which I sent among you.
Joe 2:26 And ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and shall praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be ashamed.
Joe 2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and there is none else; and My people shall never be ashamed.
Romans 10.17 – 21 (Parsha Haazinu, Renewed Covenant)
Rom 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Rom 10:18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”
Rom 10:19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”
Rom 10:20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”
Rom 10:21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
Romans 11.1 – 12, 19 – (Parsha Haazinu, Renewed Covenant)
Rom 11:1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
Rom 11:2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?
Rom 11:3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.”
Rom 11:4 But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”
Rom 11:5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
Rom 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
Rom 11:7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,
Rom 11:8 as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.”
Rom 11:9 And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
Rom 11:10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”
Gentiles Grafted In
Rom 11:11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.
Rom 11:12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!
Rom 11:19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
Romans 15.9,10 – (Parsha Haazinu, Renewed Covenant)
Rom 15:9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.” Rom 15:10 And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
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