Parashat Haazinu (האזינו) — The Enemy of My Friend

September 25, 2015
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Parashat Haazinu (האזינו) — The Enemy of My Friend

Parashat Haazinu 2015/5776: The Enemy of My Friend

In Moses’ final instruction to Israel, he warns them that if they spurn God, then God will “hide God’s countenance from them” (אסתירה פני מהם) (Deuteronomy 32:20). But curiously in addition to this threat of absence, God also warns the Israelites that God’s support will be directed in favor of Israel’s enemies: “They incensed me with “no-gods” (בלא אל)…I’ll incense them with “a no folk” (בלא עם)” (Deuteronomy 32:21).

What is the difference between ABSTAINING from helping your friends versus AIDING your friends’ enemies to hurt them? Does the identity of your friends’ enemy matter? How does this relate to how we help or hurt our friends in our lives?


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