Parshas Haazinu

Zera Shimshon Parshas Haazinu

Give ear, heavens, and I will speak; and may the earth hear the words of my mouth. (Devorim 32/1)

Rashi asks what was the reason that Moshe called the heaven and earth to witness that Bnei Yisroel entered a covenant with Hashem. He answers that if in future generations Bnei Yisroel will claim that they never accepted the covenant with Hashem, then the heaven and earth, which will exist forever, will be able to contradict them and give them their reward if they deserve it or their punishment if…

Zera Shimshon points out that at the end of parshas Nitzavim Rashi gives two other reasons. Firstly, that when bad will befall the Jewish people they will be able to give testimony that Moshe warned them.

And a second reason is in order that when we look at the heaven and earth we can learn not to break the covenant that we have with Hashem. “Hashem said to Yisroel, “Look at the heavens which I created to serve you. Do they deviate from their character? Could the sun not rise from the east… Look at the earth which I created to serve you. Can it deviate from its character? …. Could you plant wheat and it barley will grow?… (Therefore) If these creations who don’t get any reward for what they do… don’t deviate from their character, you who will get rewarded, and be punished if you sin, surely shouldn’t stray from what you must do!”

Zera Shimshon asks why the change?

He answers that there are three types of calamities and badness that Hashem brings on people .

Firstly, punishment for our sins like the ones mentioned in parshas Ki ax Sovo that we were expelled from E. Yisroel.

The second type of calamity that can happen to a person is a result of a natural disaster. A rosho who is in the vicinity of that disaster get hurt. However, Hashem will protect a tzadik who happens to be there.

The third type is a result of a person’s mazal (a persons’s predestined fate caused by the constellation under which he was born or the place where he lives).

According to this Zera Shimshon explains that Rashi mentioned three different reasons for their being witnesses parallel to the three types of calamities.

Parallel to calamities that are punishments like the ones mentioned in Ki Sovo, Hashem made the heaven and earth witnesses that we were warned and therefore we cannot complain why we are being punished.

Parallel to calamities that are the product of natural disasters, Hashem tells us to look at the heaven and the earth and learn from them that just like they don’t deviate from their responsibility, we also shouldn’t stray from our responsibility to do the mitzvos of Hashem. If we do stray, then Hashem will also change the normal working of nature and bring calamity.

Finally, parallel to calamities that are the product of one’s mazal, Hashem made the heaven and earth witnesses that if we don’t keep the mitzvos they will punish us through the authority that they recieved from the mazal in the begining of their creation.

This d’var Torah is dedicated to Beracha Bas Menucha Shaina. In the merit of  the  learning Zera Shimshon’s divrai Torah, Hashem should answer her prayers and she should quickly find her proper match along with all the other members of Clal Yisroel who are also looking for their zivug hagun
This d’var Torah is dedicated to Beracha Bas Menucha Shaina. In the merit of  the  learning Zera Shimshon’s divrai Torah, Hashem should answer her prayers and she should quickly find her proper match along with all the other members of Clal Yisroel who are also looking for their zivug hagun

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