Ha’azinu – Stoicism in the Face of Adversity

Moses is close to the end of his 36 day soliloquy summarizing the history and laws of the Jewish people. He is about to die. His hopes and aspirations of entry to the Promised Land have been dashed. We would have expected an expression of sorrow, if not personal bitterness, to punctuate his final words. Instead he composes the most spectacular single piece of prose in the whole Chumash – prose dedicated to a singular message: G-d is just.