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Torah, The: (lit. teaching) (a) The Five Books of Moses (The Bible); (b) the overall body of Jewish religious teachings encompassing the whole body of Jewish law, practice and tradition
For the haftarah of Matot-Massei, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
This second special haftorah for the Three Weeks (read with Parshat Massei, or Matot-Massei) is taken from the second chapter of Jeremiah. Reading it, you can’t help but feel G‑d’s hurt and pain from our having forsaken him. “What wrong did your forefathe...
Why is it important to list the journeys? The Torah isn’t a history book, nor is it a travelogue, so what’s the purpose of this list?
The summary verse of the first part of Matot appears to omit the most salient point!
A taste of Shazak Parsha, where the weekly Torah portion comes alive! Geared for kids... Great for adults!
The stick, it can be said, is a piece of tree that has paid the price of leaving home. The stick, it can also be said, is one who has reaped the rewards of leaving home . . .
The laws governing the annulment of vows distinguishes between an arus ('betrothed") and a baal ("husband"). On a deeper level, these laws describe two modes of spiritual life
“The court is obligated to straighten the roads to the cities of refuge, to repair them and broaden them . . . ‘Refuge, Refuge’ was written at all crossroads, so that the murderers should recognize the way and turn there . . .”
Enjoy four short thoughts and a video adapted from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Parshat Matot-Massei.
1. The opening pasuk of Parshat Masei says “Eileh masei B’nei Yisrael asher yatzu mei’eretz Mitzrayim letzivotam” — “These are the journeys of the Children of Israel who went forth from the land of Egypt according to their legions.” Rabbi Shneur Zalman of...
1. The Midianites enticed the Jewish people to commit sins of idolatry and sexual immorality, causing the death of 24,000 Jews in a plague. As a result Hashem commanded Moshe “Tzaro’r et Hamidyanin” — “Harass the Midianites” — “vehikitem otom” — “and smit...
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