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Ever HaYarden (Territories East of the Jordan)

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Reuben and Gad made a first stride in spreading the holiness of Israel to the outside by converting the east bank of the Jordan River into part of the Holy Land.
Why the dramatic shift in Moses' view on the Jewish settlement of the eastern territories? If the Reubenites' and Gadites' petition initially struck him as reminiscent of the sin of the Spies, what convinced him to endorse their plan and even expand on it...
Gad's battle victims were readily identifiable. With one fell swoop of the sword they would cut off the head together with the arm. The ability to strike such a blow is an indication of tremendous lion-like strength.
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