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Vezot Habracha


Regular Shabbat Readings

* Note: On Jewish holidays, special readings often interrupt the regular cycle.

  • Vezot Habracha (וזאת הברכה | This is the blessing)
  • Torah: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12
  • Haftarah: Joshua 1:1-18
  • Gospel: Luke 22:44-53

Portion Summary

The fifty-fourth and last reading from the Torah begins with the words Vezot ha'Berachah (וזאת הברכה), which means "And this is the blessing." These are the first words of Deuteronomy 33:1. This Torah portion is ordinarily read on the day of Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Torah) in conjunction with the beginning of the book of Genesis to mark the conclusion of one year's Torah cycle and the beginning of the next. The portion contains Moses' final blessings over the twelve tribes, the story of his ascent up Mount Nebo to overlook the land of Canaan and the story of his death and burial.


Portion Outline

  • Torah
    • Deuteronomy 33:1 | Moses' Final Blessing on Israel
    • Deuteronomy 34:1 | Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab
  • Prophets
    • Joshua 1:1 | God's Commission to Joshua
    • Joshua 1:10 | Preparations for the Invasion


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