INSIGHT: Ibid? Huh?!

What Kind of Song Is That?!

What Kind of Song Is That?!

It seems that Shiras Ha’azinu can be described as a sad song, a song of trials and tribulations, tragedy and dismay, abandonment and rejection (that’s a lot of fancy words meaning that things were not good… They were VERY BAD!). Were these the wonderful final words that Moshe wished to leave for his people? Is that the special song that is important for everyone to learn by heart?!

The Ramban answers this important question in just a few words:

ואמרה “השירה”, כי בסוף ישיב נקם לצריו ולמשנאיו ישלם.

“It is called a ‘song’ because of how it ends, with the promise that HaShem will restore the Jews to Eretz Yisrael and punish those who mistreated them.”

Ramban on the Torah

This type of song is truly the most beautiful of songs, the kind that tells a story of challenges and suffering but ends on a happy note… with the promise of HaShem Who never abandons us, His beloved nation. What a GREAT ENDING! How SWEET!

Read on to learn even more about this Shiras Ha’azinu sweetness!

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Ibid? Huh?!

Did you see that funny looking word after the words of Ramban? Ibid! What’s that? The sound of a frog who can’t pronounce “ribbit”? No way!

“Ibid” is a word that is almost never said. It’s a written word. A Latin word, meaning “in the same place.” So, in our example above, instead of writing once again, “Ramban, Parshas Ha’azinu, Chapter 32, Pasuk 40,” as we did the first time we quoted the Ramban, we simply write “ibid” which tells the reader in one short word – “it’s the same exact source just mentioned.”

Now try saying “ibid” fast… 10 times!

BTW: Do you know how they write “ibid” in Hebrew? It’s half the size, only two letters –spelled שם, (pronounced “Sham”) meaning “there.”

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