Tagged ‘Mattot’

Parashat Mattot-Massei

July 19, 2012 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

Divided We Stand, United We Fall: Not Much Has Changed I recall the period following the ’67 war when many Jews, religious and not, swelled with pride, kvelled, at what “our” tiny nation in the desert, surrounded by enemies, had … Continue reading »


Parashat Mattot

July 21, 2011 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah, News

By Rabbi Katy Z. Allen Finding Our Way Out of Helplessness Peep! Peep! Peep! The brood of baby chicks – domesticated or wild I do not know – was scurrying and moving en mass, with loose chicks running off in … Continue reading »


Parashat Mattot-Masei

July 7, 2010 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

By Rabbi Danny Horwitz My wife wasn’t planning to marry me. She was back from kibbutz, saving up money in order to make aliyah. Although I had spent a year studying in Israel, as a newly ordained rabbi I was not … Continue reading »


Parashat Mattot/Mas’ei

July 14, 2009 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

By Jill Hackell After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, the Israelites are poised to cross the Jordan River, and to enter the Promised Land. In the previous parashah, Pinhas, a census of all individuals is taken, and Moses … Continue reading »


Parashat Mattot

July 23, 2008 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

By Sanford Olshansky There is a saying that many stories in the Torah must be true, because if they were made up, our sages would have presented our ancient ancestors more favorably. But in this week’s Torah portion of Mattot … Continue reading »


Parashat Mattot-Massei

July 10, 2007 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

By Rabbi Jeff Hoffman I’m a guitarist. Have been for many years. On the guitar case of one of my guitars, I have affixed a bumper sticker that reads ‘What would Jerry say?’ The ‘Jerry’ referred to is Jerry Garcia, … Continue reading »



July 20, 2006 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

By Michael Kohn The double parashah, Mattot-Massei, concludes the Book of Numbers. The narrative predominantly describes the final preparations for the Israelites to enter the land covenanted by God to their ancestors. Among these preparations is the allocation of land … Continue reading »