Current Torah Portion
Introduction to the Weekly Torah Portions
This week's Torah Portion:
וַיְדַבֵּר מֹשֶׁה אֶל־רָאשֵׁי הַמַּטֹּות לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָֽה
This is Parashat Mattot. From here until the ending of B’midbar (Numbers), the subject of Tribes is in full view. HaShem is preparing the desert-weary people for entering into their long-awaited inheritance. After 40 years of wandering under the divine judging hand of the Almighty, coupled with over 400 years in physical, mental, and (in every way) spiritual bondage in a foreign land, the descendants of Avraham are finally ready to have a land of their own!Before the passage delves into the physical Land the Torah portion addresses the vow (Heb: neder), and the oath (Heb: sh’vuah), so that is where I will make some observations. I will comment on the Land in the final parashah (called Masa’ei [Stages]).