- People remember beginnings and endings, often better than what is in the middle
- An author often uses an ending to express a summary of ideas contained within the entire body of writing
- Some people choose to write a document called an "ethical will" for those who survive them
- Endings are often beginnings of something entirely new.
- What appears to be the emotional setting for this parasha?
- How do the emotions expressed in this parasha compare to those in the rest of D'varim? in the other books of the Torah?
- Whose voice(s) do you hear in this parasha?
- This parasha is never read at a regular Shabbat morning service. What is the context for reading this parasha?
Learning Activities: Choose
- Compare and contrast Moshe's blessing with that of Yaacov at the end of B'Reisheet
- Compare and contrast this parasha with the rest of D'Varim.
- Read about Jewish ethical wills here and/or here.
- Read an example of a Jewish ethical will written by a not-yet-mother here
- Read Rabbi Oren Hayon's commentary on this parasha . Explain how you understand this passage in his essay: