I hope everyone has been blessed during these festive fall feasts of the Holy One of Israel! As we meditate on the deep meaning behind the four species this year, let us learn the beautiful importance of being unified in the symbolism of the waving of the etrog and lulav! I have attached an excellent video above from Yisroel Glick on Jewish.tv which confirms as a double witness what I shared with you at the waving of the Lulav. May we all be fragrantly sweet to each other and bear much fruit like the Etrog! Hag Sameach to all the Mishpachah from the Assembly of Called-Out Believers!
Teaching For Simchat Torah Shabbat of Tuesday, September 28th, 2020
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V’Zot HaBerachah, (וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה) – is Hebrew for “and this is the blessing,” the first words in the parashah. It is the 54th and final weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the 11th and last in the Book of Deuteronomy. It covers Deuteronomy 33:1–34:12. The parashah sets out the farewell Blessing of Moses for the 12 Tribes of Israel and concludes with the death of Moses.
Torah Parashah V’zot HaB’rakah Summary
Vezot Haberachah, which recounts the blessings that Moses gave to each of the twelve tribes of Israel before his death. Echoing Jacob’s blessings to his twelve sons five generations earlier, Moses assigns and empowers each tribe with its individual role within the community of Israel.
Vezot Haberachah in Chapter 34 then relates how Moses ascended Mount Nebo from whose summit he saw the Promised Land. “And Moses the servant of G‑d died there in the Land of Moab by the mouth of G‑d… and no man knows his burial place to this day.” The Torah concludes by attesting that “There arose not a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom G‑d knew face to face… and in all the mighty hand and the great awesome things which Moses did before the eyes of all Israel.“
Immediately after concluding the Torah, we begin it anew by reading the first chapter of Genesis (the beginning of next Shabbat’s Torah reading) describing G‑d’s creation of the world in six days and His ceasing work on the seventh–which He sanctified and blessed as a day of rest.
Torah for your Children…
For a simple cartoon summary of the Torah parashah for your children we recommend the following video below created by G-dcast:
This week’s Haftorah describes Joshua‘s succession of his master Moses, whose passing is discussed in the Torah reading.
God reveals Himself to Joshua, and appoints him as Moses’ successor. God encouraged Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Holy Land. “Every place on which the soles of your feet will tread I have given to you, as I have spoken to Moses. From this desert and Lebanon to the great river, the Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the great sea westward shall be your boundary.” God assures Joshua that He will be with him just as He was with Moses and encourages him to be strong and brave, to study the Torah constantly and keep it close, so that he may succeed in all his endeavors.
Joshua orders his officers to prepare the Jewish people to cross the Jordan River. He then tells the members of the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh, who had chosen to settle on the eastern bank of the Jordan, to go and assist their brethren in the conquest of the Canaanite mainland, after which they would return to their plot of land. The Jewish people pledge their allegiance to Joshua: “Just as we obeyed Moses in everything, so shall we obey you. Only that the L-rd your God be with you as He was with Moses.”
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