Parshat Ha'azinu is, for the most, written in 2 side-by-side columns. I noticed the following pattern:

  • verses 1-13 end in the left column
  • verses 14-38 end in the right column
  • verses 39-43 end in the left column

I assume that there is little flexibility for Sofrim when writing Ha'azinu, i.e. certain words must end in each of the columns throughout the song. Is this a correct assumption? If so, is there any significance or meaning to this verse pattern that I mentioned?

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    Most of the verses have an even number of poetic phrases. Some have an odd number. – Double AA Sep 23 '14 at 3:26
  • Without doing a full analysis - IIRC, Shirat Ha'azinu is composed of an opening which is good, a middle that is full of negative verses and ends in the reassurance that G-d will redeem Israel and lead to Vezot Habrachah. Maybe the breaks connect - anyone learnt this? Connection with even/odd or left/right in Kabbalah? – Epicentre Sep 23 '14 at 4:35
  • @DoubleAA Sounds like a good answer. Why not post it as such? – msh210 Sep 29 '14 at 0:17

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