This is going to be our last post for “Inspiration Through Torah in 5776”. This evening will begin the fast day of Yom Kippur. May we be inscribed in the Book of Life for another year of life, love, goodness, peace, light, and unity!
This week we are studying the Torah portion Ha’azinu. In this week’s portion, Moses sings to the children of Israel.
You may decide to read the portion in one sitting, or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.
This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:
1: 32:1-6 (6 p’sukim)
2: 32:7-12 (6 p’sukim)
3: 32:13-18 (6 p’sukim)
4: 32:19-28 (10 p’sukim)
5: 32:29-39 (11 p’sukim)
6: 32:40-43 (4 p’sukim)
7: 32:44-52 (9 p’sukim)
In addition to the Torah portion, the haftarah portion is II Samuel 22:1 – 22:51.
The accompanying psalm to be read on Shabbat for this week’s portion is 71.
Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.
Torah Study Materials
Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson
The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Devarim by Dr. Hollisa Alewine
The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.
Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton
Torah portion Ha’azinu by R’ Daniel Kayes Thomson
Mussar (Personal Character Development)
This week, we will be focusing on the middot (character traits) sh’tikah and shmirat ha-lashon which are translated as silence and guarding the tongue or thoughtful speech.
Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Sh’tikah v’shmirat ha-lashon (Silence and Thoughtful Speech). Under this attribute, write out the suggested practices from the video above. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life. (Phrase and practice come from Middah of the Month)
- Phrase: “A word may be worth one Selah (coin),
but silence is worth two.”
- Practice: Choose only one [word] at a time.
Set a fixed time each day, for approximately 20 minutes, to focus on speech. During this time notice any thoughts arising in you which would lead you to negative speech. Pause and breathe when you notice this; bring attention to the body and the emotions arising. Consider something positive to say about the person or situation, in order to learn ‘Lashon Tov’—a ‘good tongue’.
- Verse: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18:21)
Blessings and Shalom for a good week,