Published Date: July 14, 2017
In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Matot-Masei Numbers 30:2–32:42, Moses conveys the laws governing the annulment of vows to the heads of the tribes of Israel.
War is waged against Midian for their role in plotting the moral destruction of Israel, and the Torah gives a detailed account of the war spoils and how they were allocated amongst the people, the warriors, the Levites and the high priest.
In this week’s Haftara Prophets reading Jeremiah 1:1-2:3, the first of a series of three “haftorot of affliction.” These three haftarot are read during the Three Weeks of mourning for Jerusalem, between the fasts of 17 Tammuz and 9 Av.
Jeremiah recounts how God appointed him as prophet — despite his initial reluctance to accept the task — and tells of the encouragement God gave him to fulfill his crucial mission.