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Daily Aliya for Haazinu, Revii (4th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: G‑d became incensed by His children’s behavior. He decided to hide His face from them, and to send upon them invading armies, wild beasts, plagues, demons, and famine. If not for the obtuse nations who would have foolishly taken credit for Israel’s demise, G‑d would’ve utterly destroyed the Jewish nation.

The Gemara, in a play on words, tells us that the concept of Hester Panim (hiding G-d’s face) is personified in Esther (Hester/Esther), who lived in exile and at a time that G-d chose not to reveal himself in open ways and generally operates through nature.