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This week's Torah Portion: 

42 MATTOT - TRIBES - NUMBERS 30:2-32:42

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וַיְדַבֵּר מֹשֶׁה אֶל־רָאשֵׁי הַמַּטֹּות לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָֽה

Vay'daber Moshe el-rashey haMattot livney Yisra'el leymor zeh hadavar asher tsivah ADONAI

"Then Moshe spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Isra'el. He said, "Here is what ADONAI has ordered:"


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]).
— Parashat Mattot