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Matot-Massei

Your Questions
What If I Found Something in my Pocket on Shabbat?

Despite your best efforts, you’re carrying an item while walking on Shabbat. So what do you do?
The Bible Reads Like a Soap Opera!

I don't understand why there are constant ups and downs and such hardships in the Torah.
Quiz
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Parshah
How Two-and-a-Half Tribes Ended Up Over the Jordan

Learn how Moses gave the land east of the Jordan to Reuben, Gad, and half of Manassah, on one condition.
Women of Menasseh

Our mission is not merely to live a holy and wholesome life in Israel; rather, our task is to spread the holiness of Israel to the rest of the world.
A Slumber and a Headache

Three aspects of tzimtzum
Essay
What Sigmund Freud Knew (But Did Not Understand) About Jews

Sigmund Freud, the “father of psychology,” was secular in his professed beliefs and practices. Here is one deeply spiritual insight he knew but did not quite understand.
Story
From Cambodian Princess to Shabbat Queen

When the story broke that the daughter of a Cambodian princess was celebrating her bat mitzvah in Phnom Penh, the Jewish world wondered: Who is this Cambodian princess, and how did she become Jewish? Here is the story of Susie (Sarah Bracha) Koroghli, granddaughter of His Majesty King Sisowath Monivong, who ruled Cambodia from 1927 until his death in 1941.
The Bookbinder in Heaven

Head bowed and cheeks burning, overwhelmed by a sense of self-disgust, I accepted the verdict.
The 30-Year-Old Letter That Made Me Cry

We may have been the first openly Torah-observant Jews to visit from outside the USSR in 70 years!
Melachah of the Week
Borer - Selecting

Said Rabbi Yitzchak: The Torah ought to have started with "This month shall be to you..." (Exodus 12:2), which is the first mitzvah commanded to the people of Israel. Why, then, does it begin with, "In the beginning [G-d created the heavens and the earth]"? ... So that if the nations of the world say to Israel, "You are thieves, for having conquered the lands of the seven nations", they would reply to them: "The entire world is G-d's; He created it, and He grants it to whoever He desires. It was His will to give it to them, and it was His will to take it from them and give it to us"
— Rashi's commentary on Genesis 1:1
Print Magazine

“Why was the human being created as an individual? To teach you that one who destroys a single human life is as though he has destroyed an entire world. And one who saves a single human life is as though he has saved an entire world.”
—Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5.

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