Vezot HaBracha

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Before the Eyes of All Israel

The Torah’s final verse read as follows: “And by all the strong hand and awesome power that Moses performed before the eyes of all Israel” (Deuteronomy 34:12). As we have demonstrated throughout this book, Rashi and the other commentators often seek deeper meanings in the juxtaposition between two portions as well as in the juxtaposition […]

The Dance of White Fire

After the yearly Torah reading cycle is completed on the morning of Simchat Torah, we immediately begin the cycle again by reading the beginning of Bereishit, recounting the creation of the world. This practice connects the end of the Torah with its beginning, as discussed in the previous section. This ceremonial completion and immediate new […]