V’Zot HaBracha(Deuteronomy 33-34)”This is the Blessing with which Moshe Blessed…”

The parasha of Vezot Ha-berakha opens with Moshe’s farewell address to Bnei Yisrael and his blessings to the tribes. This speech has an introduction (33:1-5) and a conclusion (26-29), with his words to the tribes occupying twenty verses (6-25). Since the tribe of Shimon is not mentioned (the reason for this will be discussed below), these twenty verses should be distributed more or less evenly over eleven tribes. We would expect each tribe to receive a brief blessing, one or two verses long, and this is indeed the case with regard to Reuven (verse 6), Yehuda (verse 7), Binyamin (verse 12), Zevulun and Yissakhar (verses 18-19), Gad (20-21), Dan (22), Naftali (23) and Asher (24-25). The exceptions are the tribes of Levi and Yosef, whose blessings are much longer:

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