Enter your email address to get our weekly email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life.

Parshat Massei

Explore Parshah Themes
Readings for Massei
Tammuz 28, 5795
August 4, 2035

Jeremiah 2:4-28; Jeremiah 4:1-2
Torah Portion: Massei
From our Sages on the Parshah
He that kills a person accidentally... shall remain [exiled in the "city of refuge"] until the death of the High Priest (Numbers 35:11, 25)

The mothers of high priests would provide food and clothing for the exiled killers, that they should not pray for their son's death.

Why is the High Priest to blame? --As they say here [in Babylon], "Toby did the jobbing and Ziggad got the slogging?" or as they say there [in the Land of Israel]: "Shechem got him a wife and Mabgai caught the knife?" Said a venerable old scholar: I heard an explanation at one of the seasonal lectures of Raba, that he failed to prayed for his generation.

As was the case of that fellow who was devoured by a lion some three parasangs from Rabbi Joshua ben Levi's town, and Elijah the Prophet refused to visit Rabbi Joshua on that account for three days.

(Talmud, Makot 11a)

This page in other languages