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The (Future) Praise of Nations

"Hear O Israel, Hashem is our God, Hashem, the One and Only." (Deut. 6:4) We are taught the words "our God" is a reference to now when Hashem recognized by the Jewish people. However, in the future, all people of all nations will recognize Him as being "the one and only God". At that time in the future, those nations will also praise the Jewish nation for continuously recognizing Hashem as their God through all their trials and tribulations throughout the generations.

This week's Torah portion is in poem/song format. The history of the Jewish people and the various tribulations and relationship with Hashem are spelled out. These words are read during the 10 days of repentance (starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur). As we seek a renewed relationship with Hashem and set the slate anew by returning to Hashem we read these words of the Torah. Each year, each generation, the Jewish people reconnect to our creator. The other nations will one day acknowledge these herculean efforts regardless of the circumstance in which the Jewish found themselves.

"O Nations - sing the praises of Hashem's people . . ." Deuteronomy 32:43, from this week's Torah portion, Haazinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52


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