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Mattot - Masei


Moshe teaches the rules and restrictions governing oaths and vows, especially the role of a husband or father in either upholding or annulling a vow.  Bnai Yisrael wage war against Midian.  They kill the five Midianite Kings, all the males and Bilaam.

is upset that women were taken captive, because they were catalysts for the immoral behavior of the Jewish People.  He rebukes the officers. The spoils of war are counted and apportioned.  The commanding officers report to Moshe that there was not one casualty among Bnai Yisrael.  They bring an offering which is taken by Moshe and Elazar and placed in the Ohel Mo'ed (Tent of Meeting).

 The Tribes of Gad and Reuven, who own large quantities of livestock, petition Moshe to allow them to remain east of the Jordan and not enter the Land of Israel.  They explain that the land east of the Jordan is quite suitable grazing land for their livestock.  Moshe's initial response is that this request will discourage the rest of Bnai Yisrael, and that it is akin to the sin of the spies. They assure Moshe that they will first help conquer Israel, and only then will they go back to their homes on the eastern side of the Jordan River.  Moshe grants their request on condition that they uphold their part of the deal.


The Torah names all 42 encampments of Bnai Yisrael on their 40-year journey from the Exodus until the crossing of the Jordan river into Eretz Yisrael.

G-d commands Bnai Yisrael to drive out the Canaanites from Eretz Yisrael and to demolish every vestige of their idolatry.  Bnai Yisrael are warned that if they fail to rid the land completely of the Canaanites, those who remain will be "pins in their eyes and thorns in their sides."

The boundaries of the Land of Israel are defined, and the tribes are commanded to set aside 48 cities for the Levi'im, who do not receive a regular portion in the division of the Land.  Cities of refuge are to be established: someone who murders unintentionally may flee there.

The daughters of Tzlofchad marry members of their tribe so that their inheritance will stay in their own tribe.

Thus ends the Book of Bamidbar "Numbers", the fourth of the Books of The Torah.