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Words of the Parashah - Ha'Azinu

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Go to Ha'azinu

The Hebrew word of the week is azan (listen, give ear, harken), which appears in the Hiphal imperfect (1mp) as the keyword of Parashat Ha'azinu:

Deut 32:1 (BHS)

Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. (Deut 32:1)

Azan occurs primarily in poetic books, mostly in the imperative. It's closest parallel is to the Hebrew verb shama'. In the Hebraic mindset, the ear (ozen) represents obedience.

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Scripture Passages:

Deut. 5:1b (BHS)

Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak
in your ears this day (Deut. 5:1b)

Psalm 130:2 (BHS)

Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to
the voice of my supplications. (Psalm 130:2)

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