Numbers 33:1-36:13

Commentary on Parashat Matot-Masei, Numbers 30:2 - 36:13

Note: Both Parshat Masei and Parshat Mattot (Numbers 30:2-32:42) are read on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. 

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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.

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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, Big Tent Judaism


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


Family and Fun

Parshat Masei for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Parshat Masei Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


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