Ve-Zot Ha-Barachah (Audio Portion)
“Ve-Zot Ha-Barachah” means “the blessing of the tribes” and that is exactly what this last part of Deuteronomy is all about. Much like how Jacob did this for his sons at the end of Genesis, so here does Moshe bless all of his people. The difference this time out however is a much greater emphasis on a glorious future rather than rebuking them for past mistakes. Moshe is closing this book—and his life—with one final stirring call to righteousness to lead to a better day. He does this even while knowing at the same time that his people face a dark and uncertain future.