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What Is Midian?

Letters and Numbers of Torah—Matot

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What Is Midian?: Letters and Numbers of Torah—Matot

G-d tells Moses, “A thousand for each tribe, a thousand from each tribe, from all the tribes of Israel you shall send into the army [to battle the Midianites].” (Numbers 31:4) The Hebrew word for thousand is “elef,” which is spelled the same as “alef.” What is the connection between the battle against Midian, the letter alef, and the Three Weeks of mourning over the destruction of the Temple?
Three Weeks, Aleph, Matot, Matot-Massei, Parshah, Midian

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Anonymous July 20, 2015

Israelites Wouldn't it be more accurate to say 'Israelites' or "Bnei Israel" instead of "Jews"?
"Jews" only takes into account a small portion of the children of Israel.
If we are talking about achdut then let's be more inclusive. Reply

Shmuel July 13, 2020
in response to Anonymous:

In the Purim megillah We see that Mordecai was referred to as Mordecai the Jew even though he was of The Tribe of Benjamin. So even then the term Jew had come to refer to all of Israel. Reply

Ari Cancun July 15, 2015

great teaching thank you Reply

pedroq quz November 25, 2012

thank you rebbe : i have been listening to you.. you always ask why ? i think it's the reason you have an answer. you have answered my question ... thank you so much Reply

Rabbi A. Raskin Brooklyn, Ny July 23, 2012

2 sins The midianite women caused the Jewish men to sin two sins.
1) idolatry- causing them to serve" Baal Paor״
2) intimate relations with non Jewish women.
Both are capital offenses. Reply

Anonymous crescent City, Florida July 18, 2012

Mideonite War What were the sins evoked upon the Jewish males from the Mideonite women? Reply

Rabbi Raskin looks at the hidden meanings of the sizes and numerical values (gematria) of the Hebrew letters in the weekly Torah portion.
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