Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 27, 2010

Vizos Habracha – This is the Blessing

This week is fully packed.  Actually each day we read from the Torah as we are in the midst of celebrating Succos and then Hoshana Raba followed by Shemeenee Atzeres and Simchas Torah.  We will read the final portion Vizos Habracha according to every custom on Simchas Torah.  Then right away, this year, we begin with the reading of Braishis.  Thus we are left with actually little time to examine in detail these two powerful portions that are read, Vizos Habracha, this year on Friday, Simchas Torah (outside of Israel) and then on Shabbos, Braishis.

We are so much in the midst of celebration that we have little time to focus on one sad aspect of Vizos Habracha.  Yes we are blessed by Moshe before his death. Each tribe receiving a special and indeed beautiful blessing.  On the other hand, the Torah ends with the sad death of Moshe.  The leader of the Jewish nation, who led them out of bondage and provided them (albeit as an intermediary) with so many blessings and miracles, is now gone and is left outside of the Land of Israel.  In some way, very sad and perhaps we would call it tragic.  Yet here we are at night and during the day dancing with the Torah, that Moshe wrote and presented to us on the day of his death.  True it is not the 7th day of Adar, the actual day of his death, but it is the day we read his obituary in a celebration mode.  Strange and remember Moshe is watching all this.

Perhaps we can answer this with the concept of Emunah, faith.  We just finished celebrating Succos, a holiday built on faith.  We left Egypt to go into a dessert without sufficient water, food and finally shelter. The children of Israel had special faith.  The Al-mighty performed  unique miracles and provided us with all three during our wandering in the dessert for 40 years. (Though for a brief time we lost the clouds that formed the protective Succa because we worshiped the Golden Calf – we got it back after we were forgiven Yom Kippur – the 10th of Tishrei, and the clouds returned on the 15th day of Tishrei – the day we begin to celebrate Succos and remained with us those almost 40 years).  Thus we are so to speak filled with faith, Emunah, at this time.  Thus we are able to handle the reading of Moshe’s death and still celebrate knowing that all of us, together with Moshe, will ultimately end up in the Land of Israel and experience the full Simcha, joy, of seeing our 3rd Temple and all the blessings that come with it.


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