The Torah draws to its close with V'zot Habracha,
which is the only Parsha in the Torah not read specifically
on a Shabbat. Rather, V'zot Habracha is read on Simchat
when everyone in the synagogue gets called up to the Torah
for an aliyah - even boys who are not yet Bar Mitzvah.
The Parsha is repeated until everyone has received an aliyah.
Moshe continues the tradition of Yaakov
by blessing the
Tribes of Yisrael before his death. Similar to the
bestowed by Yaakov, these blessings are also a combination
description of each Tribe's essence, together with a definition
of its role within the nation of Israel.
The only Tribe that does not receive a blessing is Shimon,
because they were central to the mass immorality of worshipping
the idol ba'al pe'or. Another explanation is that this
population was small and scattered throughout the south
of the Land of Israel, and would therefore receive blessings together
with the host Tribe amongst whom they would live; i.e., Yehuda.
Moshe's last words to his beloved people are of
that G-d will more than recompense His people for all
suffering they will endure. Moshe ascends the
mountain and G-d
shows him prophetically all that will
happen to Eretz Yisrael in the future,
both in tranquility
and in times of oppression. G-d also shows him
all that will happen to the Jewish People until the time of the
Moshe dies there by means of the "Divine Kiss."
To this day, no one knows the place of his burial, in order that his
should not become a shrine for those who wish to make a prophet into a
Of all the prophets, Moshe was unique in his being able to
G-d whenever he wanted. His centrality and
stature are not a product
of the Jewish People's "blind faith," but are based on events
witnessed by an entire nation - at the Red Sea, at Mount
and constantly during 40 years of journeying through the desert.