Torah Pearls #54 – Vezot Haberachah (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12)

Torah Pearls Vezot Haberachah, Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Benjamin, blessing, twelve tribes, burning bush, Moses, Deuteronomy, Eretz Yisrael, Har Nevo, Israel, Jordan, Karaism, Karaites, Leningrad Codex, Martin Luther King, Mount Nebo, Mt. Horeb, Mt. Nebo, Mt. Sinai, myriads of holy ones, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, priestly benediction, Priestly Blessing, Promised Land, pseudepigrapha, replacement theology, Thummin and Urim, Torah Pearls, Torah Portion, Transjordan, Vezot Haberachah, YisraelThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Vezot Haberachah (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12). The trio connects viscerally with this emotional portion that begins with Moses’ farewell blessings to the 12 Tribes and ends with his death. The poetic, the strange, the rare and the wonderful are all here—clarified by Hebrew linguistics, geography, margin notes and a tense you probably didn’t learn in grammar class—the prophetic past. Add to the mix: Thummim and Urim, MLK’s final speech, a little pseudepigrapha, and you’ve barely scratched the surface. This final Torah Pearl ends fittingly with the bestowal of the majestic Priestly blessing and a joyful blast from the shofar.

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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10 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #54 – Vezot Haberachah (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12)

  1. Your quotation of Martin Luther King’s final words on earth were so fitting for comparison of Moses and his last view of the Holy Land which he was not to inherit. The silence between you, Keith, and Jono were powerful in holiness and your spirit welling up in tears: it is nothing but awe! It pierced the darkness with overwhelming light!

    And the mentioning of the Muslims with the history of misguidance has penetrated my heart in changing my thinking and musing on what you have said. I have heard you mention your father at other times has instructed you as thus. It is like the mistrust and built up hatred that lurks deep within my heart has been exposed and I cannot be so full of judgment and vitriolic thoughts against them as before. Moon god. Added later. The influence of Muhammed being around Jews and Christians. The Muslims are mixed up. Seems they can be compared to the Catholic Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormons mixed up with Christian truth with misguided untruths.

    And your prayers always bring me down to the ground before Yehovah, our Father! Keep exposing the lies and building us with truth from the Tanach. Your knowledge of Hebrew is appreciated by me. I never ever tire of your knowledge when you give to us. How unfathomable and how unsearchable is His Word yet He reveals it to us mere mortals and your rich joint of the supply is being drunk up here where I dwell! May our Father send us Israel’s Messiah, the Prince of Peace to His heavenly capital, the City of Peace and Truth very soon so the Gentiles cannot trample her anymore, Jerusalem!

  2. In discovering Torah Pearls and Prophet Pearls this year I have found a diamond. As a Karaite in a Messianic community with no one willing to discuss Torah with me, I’m ashamed to admit that I became discouraged and bored. But after listening to new perspectives in your broadcasts I am strengthened. Thank you for all you do, and may Yehovah bless your efforts going forward.

  3. Thanks again,

    The idea of learning line upon line with here a little and there a little is a proper way to teach babes or should I say small children.

    Yshua said that Yehovah hides himself from the eyes of the wise and prudent and shows him to babes that would learn. In Isaiah 28:9 “whom will he teach knowledge and to whom will he make to understand the message? Those weaned from milk, those just drawn from the breast… For precept must be on precept, precept on precept. Line upon line, line upon line…here there a little and there a little….

    I agree with Nehemiah about learning in an orderly linear fashion but the teaching of Yehovah is progressive with the idea of “Pardes” starting with the literal secondarily the alluding to thirdly the learning and searching and finally the the deeper meanings is a proper way to understand the scriptures and does not come by a systematic intellectual mind. If this was the only way people learned then God is privileged only to the scholar. The scholar approaches the scriptures with intellectual dignity and almost always with self pride… Therefore the scriptures are woven in a fashion that the continuing child will become a humbled scholar.

    For he shall send Elijah the prophet and he shall turn the proud fathers to the humble children and the lack of understanding of babes that will learn to their humbled fathers (my understanding of drash of Elijah’s future ministry with the gathering all tribes of Israel)


  4. We have been so blessed by your insights and teachings of Yehovah’s Torah! Please consider doing Prophet Pearls on the Prophets!!!! Nehemia, Keith, and Jono your humor, insights, and pearls from Yehovah that are brought out are great. Nehemia your humor tickles our funny bones.

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