V’Zot HaBerachah (and this is the blessing) SIMCHAT TORAH (Rejoicing in Torah)

Deuteronomy 33:1 וְזֹאת And this is the blessing, in which blessed Moses, the man of Elohim את־ Children of Israel before his death. C-MATS

Question: What were the final words of Moses? These final words of Moses are a combination of blessing and prophecy, in which he blesses each tribe according to its national responsibilities and individual greatness. Moses’ blessings were a continuation of Jacob’s, as if to say that the tribes were blessed at the beginning of their national existence and again as they were about to begin life in Israel. Moses directed his blessings to each of the tribes individually, since the welfare of each tribe depended upon that of the others, and the collective welfare of the nation depended upon the success of them all (Pesikta).

2 And he (Moses) said, יהוה came from Sinai and from Seir He dawned on them; He shined forth from Mount Paran and He came with ten thousands of holy ones: from His right hand went a fiery commandment for them. 3 Certainly, He loves the people; all His Holy Ones are in your hand: sitting down at your feet; they receive your instructions. 4 Moses commanded us to keep the Torah, as an inheritance for the congregation of Jacob. 5 And He was king in Yeshurun (dear upright people), when the leaders of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.

Question: Where is Yeshurun? Yeshurun is a poetic nickname for Israel (Deut 33:16; Isaiah 44:2). This name shows that once upon a time, before the Masoretic pronunciation aids, the letters  and  were once quite the same:

Question: Who is king in Yeshurun? יהוה is Israel’s King in the fullest sense only when the people are united to do His Will, just as the acceptance of יהוה’s sovereignty at Sinai was with the consent of the entire Israelite nation, without dissent.

6 Let Reuben live and not die out; and let his men not be few.

Question: What blessing did Moses give to Reuben? Jacob had criticized Reuben for the impulsiveness that caused him to be stripped of his leadership role by defiling his father’s bed (Genesis 49:3). Moses prayed, therefore, that this hotheadedness not bring the tribe to extinction, for he knew prophetically that Reuben was destined to be exiled before the other tribes [see Deuteronomy 29:27; Leviticus 26:38] (Daas Soferim).

Question: Where is the tribe of Reuben today? The Tribe of Reuben settled largely in France but spread their seed throughout the lands that they explored and conquered. The French have had much pride and some power during their reign of kings and queens but have dwindled down in power today. Their pre-eminence did not last but they lost their birthright promise to Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh nations). Reuben’s people are volatile, and emotional like “unstable as water.” They are famous for their physical and sexual passionate appetites. France retains some power and dignity through its language, and a slight allegiance to his brothers of the 10 Tribes by being a permanent member of the U.N. Security Counsel. Reuben’s descendants of today pretty well measure up to Jacob’s prophecy, (Collins).