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Matot- Masei-Do you promise? Bli Neder

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Parashat Matot (מַּטּוֹת‎)-Hebrew for “tribes” is read during the 3 week period between the 17th of the Hebrew month Tamuz, and the 9th. of Av – a period which commemorates the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash and the beginning of the galut, yearning for the ultimate redemption. Mosheh conveys the laws governing the voiding of vows, hatarat nedarim, to the heads of the tribes of Israel. War is waged against Midian for their role in plotting the moral destruction of Israel. The tribes of Reuven and Gad (and half of the tribe of Manasseh) separated themselves from the rest of Bnei Israel, asking for the lands east of the Jordan as their portion in the Promised Land, thinking there would not be enough pasture land for their cattle. Mosheh agrees on the condition that they first join, and lead, in Israel’s conquest of the lands west of the Jordan.(Numbers 30:2–32:42)


Mas’ei (מַסְעֵי‎)- Hebrew for “journeys,” Mas’ei is the 10th and last in the Book of Numbers. The parashah discusses the 42 stations of the Israelites’ journeys, from the Exodus to their encampment on the plains of Moav across the river from the land of Canaan. The boundaries of the Promised Land are given, and cities of refuge are designated as havens and places of exile for inadvertent murderers, instructions for taking the land of Israel, cities for the Levites and refuge, and the daughters of Zelophehad marry within their own tribe, as a way to keep their land, which they inherit from their father, within the province of Manasseh. (Numbers 33:1–36:1)

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