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The Tribes

Moses spoke to the heads of the Israelite tribes, saying: "This is what the Eternal has commanded: If a householder makes a vow to the Eternal or takes an oath imposing an obligation on himself, he shall not break his pledge; he must carry out all that has crossed his lips." - Numbers 30:2-3

  • Moses explains to the Israelites the laws concerning vows made by men and women. (30:2—17)
  • Israel wages war against the Midianites. (31:1—18)
  • The laws regarding the spoils of war are outlined. (31:19—54)
  • The tribes of Reuben and Gad are granted permission to stay on the east bank of the Jordan River. (32:1—42)

When do we read Matot?

2017 Jul 22 /28 Tammuz, 5777
2018 Jul 14 /2 Av, 5778


  • Torah for Tots

    "Then they stepped up to him (Moses) and said, 'We will build here sheepfolds for our flocks and towns for our children'

    -Numbers 32:16

  • Torah for Tweens

    "The period of wanderings may be seen as a trial of faith, and … there emerges the vision of a new nation that will take possession of the Holy Land-and do so as a holy people" (Plaut, Revised Edition, 887).

  • Torah for Teens

    Although Matot is brimming with several juicy topics worthy of commentary, I've decided to put the sexist and genocidal issues aside and focus on one that we all struggle with constantly: serving yourself vs.

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