This is the Final TORAH Parashah read during the TORAH Portion Reading year. It’s always read before SHMINI/SHEMINI ATZERET and SIMCHAT TORAH.
It is usually referred to as CHOL HA MOED SUKKOT Reading.
“V’ZOT HABERACHAH/And This Is The Blessing”
- TORAH :
- HAFTARAH/HAFTORAH (includes PROPHETS and/or WRITINGS) – PROPHETS :
- BRIT CHADASHAH (a.k.a NEW COVENANT/TESTAMENT) – GOSPEL :
- Deuteronomy 33:1 | Moses’ Final Blessing on Israel
- Deuteronomy 34:1 | Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab
- Joshua 1:1 | God’s Commission to Joshua
- Joshua 1:10 | Preparations for the Invasion
The fifty-fourth and last reading from the Torah begins with the words Vezot ha’Berachah (וזאת הברכה), which means “And this is the blessing.” These are the first words of Deuteronomy 33:1. This Torah portion is ordinarily read on the day of Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Torah) in conjunction with the beginning of the book of Genesis to mark the conclusion of one year’s Torah cycle and the beginning of the next. The portion contains Moses’ final blessings over the twelve tribes, the story of his ascent up Mount Nebo to overlook the land of Canaan and the story of his death and burial.
Regular Shabbat Reading
Vezot Habracha (וזאת הברכה | This is the blessing)
- BRIT CHADASHAH:
Note: The regular readings are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.