The final pasha of the Torah, Parshas Zot Haberacha, begins with Moshe blessing the Jewish people before he dies. The entire book of Devarim deals with reproof, where in last week’s parsha Bnai Israel received their final reproof from Moshe, in the prophetic song, Ha’azinu (it described the punishment Bnai Yisrael would endure if they transgressed the Torah).
Now, as the Torah makes its complete conclusion, Moshe ends with blessing the Jews. Moshe bestows a blessing to each tribe of Yaakov, and then he concludes with the praises of Hashem and the Jewish people. Hashem praises were meant to encourage Bnai Yisrael that Hashem will be with them indefinitely, even after Moshe’s death. Moshe’s final blessing was that the Jewish nation would ultimately be rewarded with the delights of the World to Come.
As we conclude the cycle of the parshot, may we all look at the previous year and come to the conclusion that despite our year of self-reproof and self-rebuke, may we look to start this year with our right foot forward. May we look at the past year and all our accomplishment and shortcomings and remember that despite the struggles, we will ultimately be blessed by Hashem. May Hashem bless each and every one of us with a year of goodness, happiness, joy, tranquility, and the strength to connect with more of Hashem’s mitzvot and His essence!