Parsha Vezot Haberakhah וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה is the fifty-fourth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the eleventh reading in Deuteronomy (Devarim). As per Rabbi Sacks, this parsha is not included in the covenant.
Vezot Haberakhah וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה is translated as “And this is the blessing.”
In English, Vezot Haberakhah can be spelled 9 ways: (1) V’Zot HaBerachah, (2) VeZos HaBerachah, (3) VeZot Haberakha, (4) Vezot Haberakhah, (5) V’Zeis Habrocho, (6) V’Zaus Haberocho, (7) V’Zois Haberuchu, (8) Wazoth Habborocho, or (9) Zos Habrocho
Vezot Haberakhah וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה is the first word and the first distinctive word in verse 1. See the Hebrew text below.
Parsha Vezot Haberakhah Readings
Torah: Deuteronomy (Devarim) 33 -34.12
Halftorah: Sephardi – Joshua 1.1-9
Ashkenazi – Joshua 1:1–18
Brit Hahagaddah: Rev. 21:9-22:5
Parsha Vezot Haberakhah Aliyah:
First Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 33. 1 – 7
Second Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 33. 8 – 12
Third Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 33. 13 – 17
Fourth Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 33. 18 – 21
Fifth Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 33. 22 – 26
Sixth Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 33. 27 – 29
Seventh Reading — Deut. (Devarim) 34
Parsha Vezot Haberakhah Stats
- Hebrew letters – 1,969
- Hebrew words – 512
- Pesukim (sentences) – 41
- Lines in a Torah Scroll- 0
- Double Count – 0
- Scribal Practices – 0
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Deuteronomy (Devarim) 33.1 – 7 (Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Aliyah 1)
Deu 33:1 This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death.
Deu 33:2 He said, “The LORD came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he came from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at his right hand.
Deu 33:3 Yes, he loved his people, all his holy ones were in his hand; so they followed in your steps, receiving direction from you,
Deu 33:4 when Moses commanded us a law, as a possession for the assembly of Jacob.
Deu 33:5 Thus the LORD became king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.
Deu 33:6 “Let Reuben live, and not die, but let his men be few.”
Deu 33:7 And this he said of Judah: “Hear, O LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him in to his people. With your hands contend for him, and be a help against his adversaries.”
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 33.8 – 12 Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Aliyah 2)
Deu 33:8 And of Levi he said, “Give to Levi your Thummim, and your Urim to your godly one, whom you tested at Massah, with whom you quarreled at the waters of Meribah;
Deu 33:9 who said of his father and mother, ‘I regard them not’; he disowned his brothers and ignored his children. For they observed your word and kept your covenant.
Deu 33:10 They shall teach Jacob your rules and Israel your law; they shall put incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar.
Deu 33:11 Bless, O LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; crush the loins of his adversaries, of those who hate him, that they rise not again.”
Deu 33:12 Of Benjamin he said, “The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety. The High God surrounds him all day long, and dwells between his shoulders.”
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 33.13 – 17 (Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Aliyah 3)
Deu 33:13 And of Joseph he said, “Blessed by the LORD be his land, with the choicest gifts of heaven above, and of the deep that crouches beneath,
Deu 33:14 with the choicest fruits of the sun and the rich yield of the months,
Deu 33:15 with the finest produce of the ancient mountains and the abundance of the everlasting hills,
Deu 33:16 with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness and the favor of him who dwells in the bush. May these rest on the head of Joseph, on the pate of him who is prince among his brothers.
Deu 33:17 A firstborn bull—he has majesty, and his horns are the horns of a wild ox; with them he shall gore the peoples, all of them, to the ends of the earth; they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 33.18 – 21 (Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Aliyah 4)
Deu 33:18 And of Zebulun he said, “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out, and Issachar, in your tents.
Deu 33:19 They shall call peoples to their mountain; there they offer right sacrifices; for they draw from the abundance of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand.”
Deu 33:20 And of Gad he said, “Blessed be he who enlarges Gad! Gad crouches like a lion; he tears off arm and scalp.
Deu 33:21 He chose the best of the land for himself, for there a commander’s portion was reserved; and he came with the heads of the people, with Israel he executed the justice of the LORD, and his judgments for Israel.”
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 33.22 – 26 (Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Aliyah 5)
Deu 33:22 And of Dan he said, “Dan is a lion’s cub that leaps from Bashan.”
Deu 33:23 And of Naphtali he said, “O Naphtali, sated with favor, and full of the blessing of the LORD, possess the lake and the south.”
Deu 33:24 And of Asher he said, “Most blessed of sons be Asher; let him be the favorite of his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil.
Deu 33:25 Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days, so shall your strength be.
Deu 33:26 “There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty.
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 33.27 – 29 (Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Aliyah 6)
Deu 33:27 The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy before you and said, ‘Destroy.’
Deu 33:28 So Israel lived in safety, Jacob lived alone, in a land of grain and wine, whose heavens drop down dew.
Deu 33:29 Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs.”
Deuteronomy (Devarim) 34.1 – 12 (Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Aliyah 7)
Deu 34:1 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan,
Deu 34:2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea,
Deu 34:3 the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar.
Deu 34:4 And the LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.”
Deu 34:5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD,
Deu 34:6 and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day.
Deu 34:7 Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.
Deu 34:8 And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
Deu 34:9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.
Deu 34:10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,
Deu 34:11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land,
Deu 34:12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
Joshua 1.1 – 18 (Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Haftarah)
Jos 1:1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant,
Jos 1:2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.
Jos 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.
Jos 1:4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.
Jos 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.
Jos 1:6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.
Jos 1:7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
Jos 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Jos 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Jos 1:10 And Joshua commanded the officers of the people,
Jos 1:11 “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’”
Jos 1:12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said,
Jos 1:13 “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’
Jos 1:14 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them,
Jos 1:15 until the LORD gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”
Jos 1:16 And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.
Jos 1:17 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you, as he was with Moses!
Jos 1:18 Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”
Rev 21.9 – 22.51 (Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Renewed Covenant)
Rev 21:9 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
Rev 21:12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed—
Rev 21:13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.
Rev 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Rev 21:15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls.
Rev 21:16 The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal.
Rev 21:17 He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement.
Rev 21:18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
Rev 21:19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,
Rev 21:20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.
Rev 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
Rev 21:23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Rev 21:24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it,
Rev 21:25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.
Rev 21:26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.
Rev 21:27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Rev 22.5 (Parsha Vezot Haberakhah, Renewed Covenant)
Rev 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
Rev 22:2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.
Rev 22:4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
Rev 22:5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
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