V’Zot HaBerachah (and this is the blessing)

12 Tribes of Israel

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) Chumash

Deuteronomy 33:2 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. C-MATS

Question: How did יהוה present the Torah to the Israelites? יהוה came to Israel from Seir and Paran, which, as the Midrash records, recalls that יהוה had offered the Torah to the descendants of Esau, who dwelled in Seir, and to the Ishmaelites, who dwelled in Paran, both of whom refused to accept the Torah because it prohibited their predilections to kill and steal. Then, accompanied by some of His myriads of holy angels, יהוה came and offered His fiery Torah to the Israelites, who submitted themselves to His sovereignty and accepted His Torah without question or qualification.

Question: Why is Israel worthy of a blessing?

(a) יהוה dwells among them

(b) They accepted His Torah

(c) They acknowledged His sovereignty

Deuteronomy 33:3 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. C-MATS

Question: Where is Yeshurun? Yeshurun is a poetic nickname for Israel. This name shows that once upon a time, before the Masoretic pronunciation aids, the letters shin and sin were once quite the same: