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V'zot Hab'rachah

V'zot Hab'rachah

And This is the Blessing

This is the blessing with which Moses, God's envoy, bade the Israelites farewell before he died. - Deuteronomy 33:1

  • Moses blesses the Israelites, tribe by tribe. (33:1–6)
  • Moses ascends mount Nebo to the summit of Pisgah and views the whole land. (34:1-4)
  • Moses dies on the mountain. The Israelites mourn him for thirty days. Joshua is filled with the spirit of wisdom and the people heed him. (34:5-12)


  • By Jonathan Stein

    V'zot Hab'rachah, the concluding parashah of the Torah, is centered around the death of Moshe Rabbenu, Moses our Teacher. Generations of Bible readers have wondered about the stated reason why Moses was prohibited from entering the Promised Land. The sin for which he is so punished, which occurred in Numbers 20:10-11 (for striking rather than speaking to a rock in order to bring forth water for the people), seems insignificant in comparison to his accomplishments and his obedience to God. Moses could have been taught the point that all people die just as well if he had been allowed to lead the people over the river and then had been allowed to die in the land of Canaan.

  • Torah for Tots

    A guide to help adults learn how to engage young children in a discussion about this week’s Torah portion.  

  • Torah for Tweens

    Explore this week’s Torah portion with “Family Shabbat Table Talk” lessons, perfect for families with tweens.

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