Rav Kook on Parshat VeZot HaBrachah: Moses’ Death

The Torah employs different words for death. The most commonly used term is mitah, but occasionally the Torah uses the word geviah, usually translated as ‘expiring.’ What is the difference between the two? The Talmud in Baba Batra 16b notes that the Torah uses both terms when describing the deaths of Abraham and Isaac. The Sages understood that this Biblical syntax indicates that a righteous individual has passed away. Why is that? This conclusion is especially difficult in light of the Torah’s account of Moses’ death:


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2 Responses to Rav Kook on Parshat VeZot HaBrachah: Moses’ Death

  1. Which was Moses’ greatest achievement? Taking the Jews out of Egypt? Splitting the Red Sea? Receiving the Torah from G-d and transmitting it to humanity? If we are to judge by the Torah’s final summation of his life, Moses’ greatest deed was his breaking the Two Tablets of the Covenant, inscribed with the Ten Commandments by the very hand of G-d!:


  2. I’m a Jew and I’m Proud

    Before we roll back the Torah to Bereishit, let us reflect for a moment on Moses’ final words: “Fortunate are you, O Israel…”


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