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Mattot-Massei

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Mattot-Massei

Mattot-Massei: Illusions

This week’s reading (Mattot-Massei) is full of challenges. It opens by placing restrictions on the behavior of wives and daughters. It continues with a divinely ordained war of retribution against Midian and its ugly aftermath. Frankly, these are the kinds of things that give the Bible (and organized religion) a bad name, and I have […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Mattot-Massei

Mattot-Massei: Stages of the Journey

This week’s reading is a double portion that concludes the Book of Numbers.¬†Here, I want to focus on the opening of the second portion, Massei: These are the stages of the Children of Israel who went out from the land of Egypt, troop by troop, under the leadership of Moshe and Aharon.¬†(Numbers 33:1) The reading […]

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