Haftarah for Parshat Ha’azinu (II Samuel 22:1-51 and Joel 2:15-27,Yechezkel 17:22-18:32)

This week’s haftorah describes the song King David composed in his old age, echoing the weekly Torah reading, where Moses delivers his parting words to the Jewish nation in song form. David’s song expresses gratitude to G‑d for saving him from all his enemies. He starts with the famous words, “The L-rd is my rock and my fortress.” He goes on to describe the pain and hardships he encountered and reiterates that he always turned to G‑d in his moments of distress. He recounts G-d’s reaction to those who tormented him: “The Lord thundered from heaven; and the Most High gave forth His voice. And He sent out arrows and He scattered them, lightning and He discomfited them. . . I have pursued my enemies and have destroyed them; never turning back until they were consumed.”:


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8 Responses to Haftarah for Parshat Ha’azinu (II Samuel 22:1-51 and Joel 2:15-27,Yechezkel 17:22-18:32)

  1. David employs a series of powerful images–from God as a sort of lifeguard, saving him from drowning (22:17), to God as a mighty judge (22:23), to God as a hunter (22:33). The central theme conveyed by these images is that while David is helpless against much greater forces, God is the ultimate power that will save him:


  2. …In such a life, David’s references to God stepping in and saving him are expressions of faith, not incontrovertible facts:


  3. The Zohar describes G-d’s love for Israel like an eagle’s affection for her young:


  4. Heaven grants each era a fresh perspective on the Torah, a new insight in tune with the spiritual climate of that time:


  5. 22.So says the Lord God: And I Myself will take from the lofty top of the cedar, and I will place [it]; I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I Myself will plant it upon a high and lofty mountain:


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