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Dvar for Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52)

Moshe’s final song begins with the famous proclamation that “when I call out Hashem’s name, ascribe greatness to our G-d” (32:3). Is it only proper to ascribe greatness to G-d when mentioning His name? Wouldn’t every moment be appropriate to consider G-d’s greatness?

Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetsky explains that it is not that greatness is only assigned when G-d’s name is declared, but that the mention of G-d should inspire contemplating His greatness. This can be achieved by regularly considering the source of all the good that we have in our lives, leading to a natural association of our gifts with their source. Being thankful for what we have leads to happiness, and being mindful of the source of those gifts leads to gratitude.

Shlomo Ressler