“הַאֲזִינוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם, וַאֲדַבֵּרָה; וְתִשְׁמַע הָאָרֶץ, אִמְרֵי-פִי. ”
“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.”
This verse opens the last words of Moses before he leaves the world. He calls on the heaven and earth to listen and hear the words of his mouth. Moses knows that he’s about to leave the world and he creates for us a supernal gate that we can use. The Torah scroll itself has the shape of a gate.
The Zohar quotes many verses from the Song of Songs to tell us about the concealed holiness of Moses’s words. Rabbi Akiva said that the writings of the Bible are Holy and the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies.
Song of Songs 5:2
“… פִּתְחִי-לִי אֲחֹתִי רַעְיָתִי יוֹנָתִי תַמָּתִי”
“Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one…,”
The Zohar tells us that even though Moses scolded the nation for their sins and warned them about the future, all his words came from love as he said;
“ כִּי עַם קָדוֹשׁ אַתָּה, לַיהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: בְּךָ בָּחַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, לִהְיוֹת לוֹ לְעַם סְגֻלָּה, מִכֹּל הָעַמִּים, אֲשֶׁר עַל-פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה”
““For you are a people holy to YHVH your God. YHVH your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”
The description of the last day of Rabbi Shimon is in the Idra Zuta that is part of the Zohar Ha’azinu. Before he leaves the world, Rabbi Shimon also calls on the heaven and earth in a similar way as Moses. I will describe and explain in the next articles.