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The weekly Torah portion of Vezot Habracha (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12)

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The language of the “farewell-blessing” of Moshe

In Moshe’s final blessing to Klal Yisrael (parashas Vezos HaBeracha, Devarim 33:1), the Torah says: וְזֹ֣את הַבְּרָכָ֗ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר בֵּרַ֥ךְ מֹשֶׁ֛ה אִ֥ישׁ הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל לִפְנֵ֖י ...
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Are there positive meanings in Torah about horses that relate to Jews? Also dogs?

Sorry if this is basic but if I learned it I forgot it. I think what I'm trying to remember was about Joseph the Righteous, but I will ask more broadly, are there any positive affiliations of Jews in ...
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What was the original reason to read Vezos Haberacha on the second day of Shemini Atzeres?

Contrary to popular belief, it would seem that the practice to read Vezos HaBeracha, the final parsha of the Torah, on the second day of Shemini Atzeres wasn't in order to finish the Torah on that day....
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When may one start Shnayim Mikra for Vezos Habracha?

Generally, one may start being Maavir Sidra either on Shabbos after Mincha or on Sunday (differing opinions see here). However, I have heard that for Vesos Habracha you shouldn’t start until Hoshanna ...
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Why is Vezos Habracha divided into 7 portions? [duplicate]

On Simchas Torah only 6 people are called up to the Torah for Vezos Habracha [unless they repeat the aliyahs to give everyone one etc.] the question is, in all chumasheem that I'm aware of, Vezos ...
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What prophets are referred to in Deuteronomy 34:10?

Deuteronomy 34:7-12 Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. 8 The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then ...
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Why do we read VeZot HaBerachah on Shemini Atzeret? [duplicate]

Megillah 31a teaches that the Torah reading for the second day of Shemini Atzeret (observed outside of Israel) is VeZot HaBerachah. Why is this passage an appropriate reading for Shemini Atzeret?
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Was Gad Strong or weak?

In Vezos Habracha where Rashi says on Perek 33:18 that the last 5 tribes he doubled over, Moshe did this because these tribes were weak so he wanted to strengthen them. However Rashi later on, on ...
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How to understand וּמִמֶּ֖גֶד גֶּ֥רֶשׁ יְרָחִֽים - "the bounteous crop of the moons" and Rashi on Devorim 33 (14)

Devorim 33 (14) says וּמִמֶּ֖גֶד תְּבוּאֹ֣ת שָׁ֑מֶשׁ וּמִמֶּ֖גֶד גֶּ֥רֶשׁ יְרָחִֽים׃ With the bounteous yield of the sun, And the bounteous crop of the moons; Rashi says גרש ירחים [AND BY] THE ...
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How does one Choose Life when Death has been decreed?

I’ve been thinking about Moshe up on Mt. Nebo and a question came to mind. If Death has been decreed, how does one continue to choose Life? Surely if one wishes to be obedient to G-d then one must in ...
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When did the Levites say to their father and mother “I have not seen him” as mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:9?

When did the Levites say to their father and mother "I have not seen him" as mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:9 ? And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom ...
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How was Moshe Rabbeinu buried?

This website (thetorah.com) raises some points about Moshe Rabbeinu's death. https://www.thetorah.com/article/moshe-rabbeinu-never-died-the-hidden-ending A few points that they make is: If Moses ...
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Why is Shimon's name not mentioned?

Why in V'zos Brachah, is Shimon not mentioned? Except for Rashi that said he is included in Yehudah name because of the incident with Cozbi Bat Tzur.
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What is the earliest reference to Simchas Torah as being the day to finish the Torah cycle? [duplicate]

The universal practice, it seems, is to delay the final portion of the Torah, beginning with Devarim 33:1, until Simchas Torah. This portion is then read as the Yom Tov reading, along with the ...
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Zevulun or Yissachar: Who Goes First?

In Devarim 33:18 Rashi cites Breishit Rabbah 99:9 saying that Zevulun preceded Yissachar in receiving Moshe’s bracha because that shevet enabled Yissachar to learn Torah by providing for their ...
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Binyomin didn't bow to Eisav

The Torah Temimah to Bereishis 32 #9, in order to answer a different question, cites the "Aggados", that the Beis Hamikdash was built in the portion of Binyomin because he was the only one of the sons ...
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The heart in Torah

בראשית ברא אלהים ... לעיני כל-ישראל The Torah begins with the letter Bet – ב and ends with the letter Lamed – ל. Together they form the word Lev - לב This seems to be a famous teaching which I ...
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Evolution of Simchas Torah Night reading

I was in a situation this year, where I was the Torah Reader for the Simchas Torah Day, but wasn't sure if they wanted me for the evening. It's a long walk for me. Anyway I was looking at what is read ...
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Why is V'Zot Habracha read on Simchat Torah instead of on Shabbat?

I understand that Ezra began the concept of an annual Torah cycle where each Parsha is to be read on a Shabbat (except if coinciding with Yom Tov.) However, V'Zot Habracha was scheduled to be ...
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Which part of Tanach did Moses give the people in Dt. 31?

I read in the below verses that Moses himself wrote the Torah and gave it to his people with the ark. The book given by Moses seemed to be very important since he propheisized that people would ...
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What are the oldest interpretations of Deuteronomy 33:2?

This verse in Torah sounds highly cryptic and it seems that a message is conveyed in it: And he said: The LORD came from Sinai, and rose from Seir unto them; He shined forth from mount Paran, and ...
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Seven aliyot for V'zot Habracha?

In the Keter Yerushalayim Tanach (published by Hebrew University), parashat V'zot Habracha is divided into seven aliyot (aliyah 7 being all of chapter 34 of Devarim.) I don't see this in the Stone ...
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The meaning of aishdas

I have read that aishdas (Deut. 33:2) means "fiery law" or something of the sort. However, doesn't the word das with the meaning of law/religion come from Persian (i.e. did not have the ...
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