A Lesson on Moshe’s Death | Parashat Nitzavim

The story of Moses’ death in this week’s reading has received extensive literary treatment from Tannaitic times through the Middle Ages, in a wide variety of Jewish works.The narrative told in the Bible reveals many gaps, which have been filled in by Midrashic material of the Sages in various periods and by extensive discussion of Jewish [and Christian] philosophers, as well as Bible commentary up to our day. The reason for Moses’ death, the way in which he died, the type of burial he received and other topics are treated with a variety of approaches, sometimes surprisingly inconsistent one with another. In the present context, we cannot cover all the themes but shall focus on a number of them.

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