Lingering at the Threshold (Kol Nidre Drash, 5778)
Inhabiting Vulnerability (Parshat Ha’azinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-52)
By Rabbi Adina Allen
When we show up in the moment, at the times of transition in our lives, in a state of vulnerability and openness that we become present for relationship with the Divine. For this tender, raw, vulnerable place is God’s invitation in.
“You may view the land from a distance, but you shall not enter it—the land that I am giving to the Israelite people” (Deuteronomy 35:52). This week’s Torah reading, Parshat Ha’azinu, ends with this devastating reminder to Moses that despite having led the people out of Egypt and through the trials and tribulations of wilderness for forty years, he will not be allowed to enter the Promised Land.