Deuteronomy 33:13-33:21

This reading is from the final portion of the Torah, read on Simchat Torah. The holiday begins at sundown, October 9, and lasts till sundown, October 10. And of Joseph he said: Blessed of the Lord be his land with the bounty of dew from heaven, and of the deep that couches below; with the bounteous yield of the sun, and the bounteous crop of the moons; with the best from the ancient mountains, and the bounty of hills immemorial; with the bounty of earth and its fullness, aand the favor of the Presence in the Bush. May these rest on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the elect of his brothers. Like a firstling bull in his majesty, he has horns like the horns of the wild-ox; with them he gores the peoples, the ends of the earth one and all. These are the myriads of Ephraim, those are the thousands of Manasseh. And of Zebulun he said: Rejoice, O Zebulun, on your journeys, and Issachar, in your tents. They invite their kin to the mountain, where they offer sacrifices of success. For they draw from the riches of the sea and the hidden hoards of the sand. And of Gad he said: Blessed be He who enlarges Gad! Poised is he like a lion to tear off arm and scalp. He chose for himself the best, for there is the portion of the revered chieftain, where the heads of the people come. He executed the Lord's judgments and His decisions for Israel.
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