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Parashat Haazinu (September 29, 2012)
by Rabbi Benjamin J. Zeidman

AS I CONSIDER our Torah portion this week, I turn to the Sages in curiosity. What did they have to say about Haazinu? Sometime between the year 450 CE and 800 CE, in Deuteronomy Rabbah 10:1, they handle an issue seemingly mundane and elevate it to the heights of holiness. How serious is an earache? Something often to be pushed aside, pain in the ear couldn’t be so important as pain in the arm or in the leg, right?

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