Moses Prepares for Death

Sep 20, 2015

וַיָּבֹא מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר אֶת־כָּל־דִּבְרֵי הַשִּׁירָה־הַזֹּאת בְּאָזְנֵי הָעָם הוּא וְהוֹשֵׁעַ בִּן־נוּן׃

Moshe came, together with Hoshea son of Nun, and recited all the words of this poem in the hearing of the people.

Deuteronomy 32:44

כִּי מִנֶּגֶד תִּרְאֶה אֶת־הָאָרֶץ וְשָׁמָּה לֹא תָבוֹא אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־אֲנִי נֹתֵן לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

You may view the land from a distance, but you shall not enter it—the land that I am giving to B'neiYisrael.

Deuteronomy 32:52

When Moses finishes his song, which he sang with Joshua, he instructs the people to take heed of everything he has said and to teach it their children. It is with these lessons that the people will cross the Jordan, and they will keep the nation prosperous in the land.


God then tells Moses to ascend Mount Nebo so that he may overlook the land of Israel before he dies. Just as Aaron died upon a mountain, God tells Moses he shall, too, and for the same reason: because the two brothers sinned against God at Meribath-kadesh, neither merited to enter the land with the nation.


Virtual Classroom Discussion

Why do you think Joshua sang the song with Moses? If you look back at the previous portion, where the song is commanded (31:16-22), he is not included in the command, nor do the introductory comments note that Joshua participated (31:30).

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