Parashat Vezot Haberakhah sets out the farewell Blessing of Moses for the 12 Tribes of Israel and concludes with the death of Moses.
In the Haftorah, G‑d 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.
In the Apostolic Writings, Moses and Elijah meet with Messiah and a voice from Heaven implores the disciples to listen to Yeshua.
The eleventh portion of the book of Devarim/Deuteronomy is Vezot Haberakhah, which means “This is the Blessing.” This is the 54th Torah Portion.
Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 33:1- 34:12
Haftorah: Joshua 1: 1-18
Apostolic Writings: Matthew 17: 1-9
You can read or listen to the portions below:
Joshua 1: 1-18
After the death of Moshe the servant of HaSehm, HaSehm said to Y’hoshua the son of Nun, Moshe’s assistant, “Moshe my servant is dead. So now, get up and cross over this Yarden, you and all the people, to the land I am giving to them, the people of Isra’el. I am giving you every place you will step on with the sole of your foot, as I said to Moshe. All the land from the desert and the L’vanon to the great river, the Euphrates River — all the land of the Hitti — and on to the Great Sea in the west will be your territory. No one will be able to withstand you as long as you live. Just as I was with Moshe, so I will be with you. I will neither fail you nor abandon you.
“Be strong, be bold; for you will cause this people to inherit the land I swore to their fathers I would give them. Only be strong and very bold in taking care to follow all the Torah which Moshe my servant ordered you to follow; do not turn from it either to the right or to the left; then you will succeed wherever you go. Yes, keep this book of the Torah on your lips, and meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to act according to everything written in it. Then your undertakings will prosper, and you will succeed. Haven’t I ordered you, ‘Be strong, be bold’? So don’t be afraid or downhearted, because HaSehm your G-d is with you wherever you go.”
Y’hoshua instructed the officials of the people to go through the camp and order the people, “Prepare provisions, because in three days you will cross this Yarden to go in and take possession of the land HaSehm your G-d is giving you.”
To the Re’uveni, the Gadi and the half-tribe of M’nasheh Y’hoshua said, “Remember what Moshe the servant of HaSehm ordered you: ‘HaSehm your G-d has let you rest and will give you this land.’ Your wives, your little ones and your livestock will stay in the land Moshe gave you on the east side of the Yarden; but you are to cross over armed as a fighting force ahead of your brothers, to help them; until HaSehm allows your brothers to rest, as he has allowed you; and they too have taken possession of the land HaSehm your G-d is giving them. At that point, you will return to the land which is yours and possess it, the land Moshe the servant of HaSehm gave you in ‘Ever-HaYarden to the east, toward the sunrise.”
They answered Y’hoshua, “We will do everything you have ordered us to do, and we will go wherever you send us. Just as we listened to everything Moshe said, so will we listen to you. Only may HaSehm your G-d be with you as he was with Moshe. If anyone rebels against your order and doesn’t heed what you say in every detail of your order, he will be put to death. Just be strong, be bold!”
Matthew 17: 1-9
Six days later, Yeshua took Kefa, Ya‘akov and his brother Yochanan and led them up a high mountain privately. As they watched, he began to change form — his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became as white as light. Then they looked and saw Moshe and Eliyahu speaking with him. Kefa said to Yeshua, “It’s good that we’re here, Lord. I’ll put up three shelters if you want — one for you, one for Moshe and one for Eliyahu.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them; and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the talmidim heard this, they were so frightened that they fell face down on the ground. But Yeshua came and touched them. “Get up!” he said, “Don’t be afraid.” So they opened their eyes, looked up and saw only Yeshua by himself.As they came down the mountain, Yeshua ordered them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”