Masei

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The Netziv delivers a wonderful halachic explanation of pasuk 53 of perek 33. The pasuk reads ‘you will/shall inherit the Land and dwell in it, for I (HaShem) have given the Land to you to inherit it.’ It all seems a bit repetitive? And why does HaShem stress the fact…

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Ourlandish

Referring to some of the consequences of sinning in Eretz Yisrael, the final pasuk of perek 35 reads ‘do not make the Land in which you dwell impure…’ This is but one illustration of the special connection Klal Yisrael have to the Land of Israel - a unique relationship whereby…

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Never forget where your coming from

As its name implies, Massei repeats the various journeys that Bnei Yisrael traversed in the desert. Why are these journeys repeated? Rashi (33:1) writes that this serves to highlight and revise HaShem’s chesed to us in that we were made to travel constantly - we camped at some places for…

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Masei

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Always go forward - Kli Yakar

"And Moshe wrote their going forth to their journeys... and these are their journeys to their going forth." Why does the pasuk start by saying "Motza'ayhem LiMasayhem" and then at the end of the pasuk in the reverse "Masayhem L'Motza'ayhem"?
Kli Yakar explains, Klal Yisroel traveled 42 journeys during their…

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Corrupting the agency of atonement

By the time we get to parshas Mattos it is clear that Bnei Yisrael are on the verge of entering Eretz Yisrael. Most of the sedra deals with preparations and laws of the Land; HaShem delineates the borders of the Land, there is a summary of the journeys we have…

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Hidden journeys (short dvar Torah)

It's aways good to have a bit of hidden depth of a pasuk revealed that you did not know existed; it makes you realise the infinite wisdom and depth of the Torah of HaShem. The Kotzker Rebbe provides a great example in our sedra of Massei. He quotes the pasul…

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A lot of 'wasted' words? (short dvar Torah)

Every letter and word of the Torah is precious and for a reason - but a bulk of Masei seems superfluous and for no reason whatsoever! When the Torah summarises the journies Bnei Yisrael undertook through the desert, it says (one example 33;18)'They journeyed from Chatzeiros and camped in Rismah.…

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