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Vezot Hab'rachah

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On Simchat Torah, the day of Rejoicing with the Torah, we complete our yearly reading of the Torah and begin the cycle again. What is the connection between the day itself and the Sidra we read on it, Vezot Haberachah? And why do we celebrate the Torah on...
The only one of the weekly Torah portions that is not read on Shabbos is VeZos HaBerachah. This reading is singled out to be read on Simchas Torah, the day on which we conclude the reading of the Torah. Our Sages state: “Everything depends on the conclusi...
V'zos Haberachah
Adapted fromLikkutei Sichos , Vol. IX, p. 237ff;Parshas V’Zos HaBerachah, 5748;Sichos Leil Shishi shel Chag HaSukkos , 5742 A Message for the Holiday The Rambam writes:Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Tefillah 13:8ff, based on Megillah 31a. “Moshe ordained that on ...
Deuteronomy 33:1–34:12
The eleventh and final section of the Book of Deuteronomy concludes Moses’ third and final farewell address to the Jewish people. It begins with the blessings (VeZot HaBerachah, in Hebrew) that he pronounced to each of the twelve tribes, and concludes wit...
Vezot Haberacha
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The second day of Shemini Atzeres is known as Simchas Torah , “The Joy of Torah.” The Ramo explainsOrach Chayim , conclusion of ch. 669. See also Tur ibid. that this day is so named “because we then rejoice and feast in honor of the conclusion of the Tora...
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