Published Date: July 26, 2019
In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Masei Leviticus 33:1-36:13, we learn of the journeys made by the Israelites in the desert and the plan for their arrival, including the division of the land. Finally, we return to the story of the daughters of Zelophehad, whose cousins are concerned that they may take their heritage and marry into another tribe.
Topic 1: A Summary of the Journey and a Plan for the Future
This lengthy passage details all the journeys the Children of Israel make in the desert, from Egypt to the banks of the Jordan. Although they spent 50 years in the desert, the Torah tells us that they only made camp 38 times. The Israel Bible points out this sign of God’s incredible compassion: rather than… Read More »
Topic 2: Tribal Intermarriage and the Laws of Inheritance
The book of Numbers closes with a return to the daughters of Zelophehad, who, in their zeal and love for the Land of Israel, insisted on being granted an inheritance among the members of their tribe in place of their father, who died without sons. Now, their cousins approach Moses with a complaint: if the… Read More »
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