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Parshat Matot-Masei: The Nature of a Vow
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“And Moshe spoke to the heads of the tribes saying, “This is the matter that Hashem commanded” (BeMidbar 30:2) This pasuk introduces the most comprehensive discussion in the Torah of the laws governing vows. What is a vow? A vow is a means by which a person creates a personal obligation or restriction. One reason […]
The True Meaning of Exile
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And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: Command Bnai Yisrael and say to them, “Behold, you come to the Land of Cana’an. This is the land that shall fall to you as a legacy – the Land of Cana’an according to its borders.” (Sefer BeMidbar 34:1-2) 1. The theme of the parasha Parshat Massay deals primarily […]
The Zealot
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With Pinchas a new type enters the world of Israel: the zealot. “Pinchas son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has turned My anger away from the Israelites by being zealous with My zeal in their midst so that I did not put an end to them in My zeal” (Num. 25: 11). He […]
Parshat Balak: A Nation that Dwells Alone?
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Balaam prophesies relating to the people of Israel “the nation shall dwell alone, and not be reckoned among the nations” (Bamidbar 23:9) Many see these words of Balaam as the formative statement of the relationship between Israel and the nations of the world. The Perennial anti-Semitism in the world and Israel’s international isolation would seem […]