After a year of studying the Torah commentary of Rabbi Shmuel ben Meir (the Rashbam), grandson of Rashi, I offer five takeaway reflections.
Moses ascends the mountain, views the land of Israel, and then dies. The text says he is buried, but does not clearly specify who actually buries him.
God protects us like the ishon of God’s eye. Most commentators understand ishon to mean pupil. But Rashbam suggests it means eyelid instead.
Moses talks about the poem he will be reciting to the Israelites – prompting Rashbam to share his thoughts on what exactly makes something poetry.
Rashbam and Rashi take on the difficult phrase “to the utter ruin of the moist and dry alike” – satiated sinners or thirsty sinners, who is worse?