This is the last parsha in the book of Devarim. Simchat Torah is here!
– The parsha begins with Moshe blessing each of the tribes of Israel before he passes away, just like Yaakov did.
– Here is what each of the tribe’s blessings were:
Levi: serving in the Beit Hamikdash (temple) and teaching Torah
Yehuda: success in battle
Yisachar: success in Torah study
Zevulun: success in trade
Dan: might of a lion
Naftali: fertile land and sea
Gad: a lot of land
Asher: sons and olive oil
Yosef: sweet fruits on his land
Binyamin: be “beloved” to Hashem
– After blessing the tribes, Moshe looks at the land of Israel from Mount Nebo, and then passes away on that mountain, at age 120. The Jews mourn for thirty days, and then Yehoshua becomes the new leader.
– The parsha ends off saying what an amazing leader Moshe was.
Moshe says in the parsha, “Who is like you, O people whose salvation is through Hashem.” Rashi emphasizes that the salvation of the Jewish people depends on Hashem. Hashem is our shield and can save us in any situation. Not only should we take this as a lesson for the Jewish people as a whole, but also for each individual. Hashem can save each one of us from any situation, for He controls the world.
Enjoy Simchat Torah!