Talking Parsha - Ha'azinu & Sukkot: Why is Moshe's last speech a song?

This week's Torah portion is actually a song, a poem. But it's also unlike the song the People of Israel sang at the splitting of the Sea. What makes this a song? Why is Moshe's last speech to the Jewish People a song?

Tuvia and Yitzi ,

Talking Parsha
Talking Parsha
Tuvia and Yitzi

Unlike all the other parashot (weekly portions) in the Torah, Parashat Ha'azinu is actually a shira - a song, a poem. But it's also unlike the song Am Yisrael (the People of Israel) sang on the sea at Kriyat Yam Suf (the splitting of the Sea), where out of great excitement, relief and joy Am Yisrael burst out singing.

What makes this a shira? Why is Moshe's (Moses) last speech to Am Yisrael as a nation a shira? What's so special about a shira?



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