56 VeZot HaBracha

 וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה אֲשֶׁר בֵּרַךְ מֹשֶׁה אִישׁ הָאֱלהִים אֶת־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לִפְנֵי מוֹתֽוֹ

Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.





Brit Chadasha

Oct. 10, 2020

V’zot ha Bracha
“And this is the Blessing”

Deut. 33:1-34:12

Joshua 1:1-9

1Cor. 3:16-17

Simchat Torah Oct. 22 2019 ( Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תורָה,lit., "Rejoicing with/of the Torah,") is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Sh’mini Atzeret ("Eighth Day of Assembly"), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot.

 As we approach the end of the Five Books of Moses with our celebration of Simchat Torah, we arrive at Parasha V’zot HaBracha. Like his ancestor, Jacob, Moses issues a blessing to each of the Tribes of Israel as he approaches his death. The time has come for our great leader, Moses, to part from the nation. At the beginning, Moses imparts words of harsh rebuke and severe warning to the people. He delineates their national failures over the course of forty years of wandering in the desert; he details the weaknesses of the nation; and he doesn’t ignore their stubborn shortcomings. He even mentions the severity of the punishments that will be meted out to the people if they abandon the straight path . . . But now of his parting, he does not say his farewell with an air of anger and rage; rather, his parting words are a declaration of blessing. A true leader does not simply appease the masses. He tells them the truth, even if the truth is bitter. He exposes misdeeds, he cautions against corruption, and he issues warnings. Together with all of this, the leader should embrace his people with love and understanding.