Numbers 33:1-36:13


In this week’s Torah portion, the tribes of Reuven and Gad promise to help out the other tribes while not living in the land of Israel. God tells Moses exactly where each tribe will live. God clarifies the laws of murder. The daughters of Zelophehad receive their inheritance.

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God clarifies the laws of murder.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

The Family Album
Rabbi Leslie Bergson, Hillel

Creating Sustainable Freedom
Dorothy Richman, AJWS

Cities or Sanctuaries
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL

Refugee Awareness
Rabbi Jacob Fine, AJWS

Lost Stories
Jane West Walsh & Gershon Silins, URJ

Green Spaces
Alana Suskin,


Lessons for Regional Planning
Jon Greenberg, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

The Importance of Intention
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University

Real Change in the Torah
Rabbi Lisa Edwards, Women of Reform Judaism

The Limits of Power & Conquest
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union

Protecting the Sacredness of Life
Dvora Weisberg, CLAL


Journeying With the Divine
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Institute


Valuing Journeys
Abigail Dauber Sterne, UJA-Federation of New York


Family and Fun


Parashat Masei for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Parashat Masei Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies




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