Haazinu is the epitome of this cycle, for the parsha is Moses’ farewell speech to the Israelites. He reflects, at times with pride and at others lament; yet the centrality of God is paramount throughout. Just as Moses bids farewell, the Israelites gear up for their new chapter in the Promised Land. It is a strange juxtaposition between old and new; between ending and beginning, between life and death.
The parallel between Haazinu’s message and the passage of time in our Jewish community is no accident. In these days our transitions are abundant – from year to year, season to season, chag (holiday) to chag and Deuteronomy to Genesis.
In these sacred days, may we continue to pay attention to those transitions, reflecting on the centrality of our Jewish community and our belief in something greater than ourselves.