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The Torah In Haiku: V'zot Habracha

The Torah In Haiku: V'zot Habracha

 

ולא קם נביא

אשר ידעו יהוה

פנים אל פנים

 
 
 
 
 
Of all the prophets
Just one knew God face to face
None besides Moses
 
 
V'zot Habracha is not a regular Shabbat reading. It is the final parashah in Torah, read on Simchat Torah and immediately followed by the first parashah, Bereshit.
 
In previous years, this portion has been included here only as part of haiku about Simchat Torah. This year, the one portion that doesn't get its own Shabbat gets its own Hebrew haiku.
 
It is based on Deuteronomy 34:10, with some poetic license taken, omitting the words bracketed below. The English haiku, rather than a translation of the Hebrew, is an attempt to include the missing words
 
ולא קם נביא [עוד בישראל כמשה] אשר ידעו יהוה פנים אל פנים
V'lo kam navi [od b'Yisrael c'Moshe] asher yado Adonai panim el panim
No [other] prophet [like Moses] has arisen [in Israel] who knew God face to face.

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL. He blogs at The Torah in Haiku.

Ed Nickow

Published: 10/01/2015

Categories: Learning, Torah Study
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