Matos

Branching out

The title of our sedra is Mattos, and it refers to the tribes of Klal Yisrael (the pasuk itself is dealing with the heads of the tribes, but the word ‘mattos’ means ‘tribes’). Why is a tribe called a matteh in lashon hakodesh? Rav Feiner pointed out that the letters…

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Pure as pure can be

The halachos of purifying vessels can be found in perek 31 of our sedra. The basic rule is that the purification process for any given vessel is the reversal of the way the vessel became impure in the first place. For example, if the vessel became impure via using it…

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Matos

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A Chassidishe Vort

“Lo Yachel Devaroi, K’Chol HaYotzai MiPicha Yaaseh”, do not profane your words; do as your mouth spoke.
The torah tells us that we must keep our word and not violate it. Rav Levi Yitzchok MiBerditchev in the Kedushas Levi makes a play on the words to explain how mortal people…

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Anger and wisdom just don't go together

 

 

 

When the war with Midyan was over and Moshe found out that they did not kill the women he became angry with Elozar because the women were the ones who caused Klal Yisroel to sin. The gemara Pesochim (66b) says that when a person becomes angry even…

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the Jewish Idea of Strength - Dvar Torah

We are a nation famous for many things; for teaching monotheism to the world, surviving against natural odds, for being the only nation to have returned to our homeland three times after exile, to name but a few. And that is not even starting with the inventions Jews have been…

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an interesting contradiction

 

 

 

There is a contradiciton between two psukim which are next to each other in our sedra! HaShem tells Moshe to 'take the revenge OF BNEI YISRAEL against the Midyanim' (31;2), but in the very next pasuk Moshe tells Bnei Yisrael to 'take the revenge of HASHEM against…

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