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Lubavitcher Rebbe; Adapted and edited by Moshe Wisnefsky and Yossi Marcus

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Chapter 1 [1] Israel On the most fundamental, spiritual level, exile is synonymous with the articulation of Divine consciousness. As we have mentioned previously, for God, the act of creation is essentially an act of limiting His consciousness as He assum...
Chapter 33 1 These are the journeys: The Ba’al Shem Tov taught that these forty-two journeys are also the forty-two spiritual journeys we make throughout our life. We begin from birth, and the nation’s exodus from Egypt is both its own birth as a nation a...
Synopsis of the Exodus 33:1 The Torah continues to chronicle the preparations for the people’s entry into the Land of Israel. Now that the people have reached their final stop on their trek through the desert and are poised to enter the Promised Land, the...
At the end of parashat Chukat, the Israelites arrived at the threshold of the Promised Land, “by the Jordan opposite Jericho.” The ensuing three parashiot—Balak, Pinchas, and Matot—describe the events that took place while the Israelites were encamped at ...
An interpolated translation and commentary based on the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Parashat Matot covers three main subjects: the laws of vows and oaths, the war against Midian, and the settlement of the tribes of Reuben and Gad. The second and third of these three fit well into the historical flow of the Torah. The war against Midian i...
Vows and Oaths 30:2 Having mentioned vows in the preceding laws Above, 29:39.—those of the additional festival offerings—Moses now elaborates on the laws of vows. Rashi on 30:1; Rashbam on 30:2. As has been seen, Exodus 34:31 ff. when Moses taught the peo...
Chapter 30 3 If a man makes a vow: By taking a vow, a person forbids himself from some activitythat the Torah otherwise permits. In a sense, then, these laws can be seen as a continuation of the lesson of Pinchas: that there are times and exigencies that ...
An interpolated translation and commentary based on the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Chapter 38 [21] The Tabernacle was a Testimony: The word for “testimony” (עדות) is related to the word for “jewelry” (עדי) the Torah uses to refer to the crowns the people received at the Giving of the Torah and had to remove after the incident of the Gol...
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