Author: Gidon Ariel

Published Date: July 19, 2019

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In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Matot Numbers 30:2-32:42, we are taught about vows which can be annulled, about God’s revenge on the Midianites and about two tribes who wish to hand-pick their land lot.

Topic 1: Vows and Oaths
The Torah delineates the laws of vows in this passage. Any promise made in God’s name is legally binding, and one who violates such an oath, whether it is a commitment to do or refrain from something, is liable before God. There is an exception, however. Should a woman make a vow, it can… Read More »

Topic 2: The Battle Against Midian
God commands Moses to lead the Children of Israel into battle against Midian as vengeance for causing them to sin at Baal Peor, after which Moses will die. Without flinching, Moses orders the nation to send out an army of 1,000 soldiers from each tribe to fight against this enemy of God. The fighters slay… Read More »

Topic 3: The Other Side of the Jordan
As the nation prepares to enter the Promised Land, the tribes of Reuben and Gad approach Moses with a proposal. They are laden with sheep and cattle and have noticed that the newly-conquered lands on this side of the Jordan River are suitable for livestock. Instead of being given a portion of the land of… Read More »

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