Shabbat Mataot Masei on Zoom
July 30, 2022 / 2 Av 5782
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Meeting ID: 832 0087 6951
10:00 AM (CDT) Yoga Nidra
10:45 AM (CDT) Davining and discussion
In the last two parshot of the book of Numbers, the narrative of the Torah ends at the overlook to the “Promised Land.” The book of Deuteronomy is Moses’s retelling of the story as his version. The portion emphasizes attitudes and plans that become defining in the future of the community.
Vows are irrevocable. Women, who are independent of men, share that power/responsibility. When they are under the control of men, the men have limited opportunity to annul them.
Pinchas, the vigilante, is a priest, not a warrior in the battle against the Midianites. Women are the alleged stimulus for Israelite sinning and therefore are fair game in war. The spoils of the war are to be divided between the community and the warriors. The Reubenites and the Gadites who wanted to settle on the east side of the Jordan took responsibilities as shock troops in conquering it. Moses instructed the people to displace and replace the inhabitants of the land. Furthermore, the Levites get apportioned land rights.
Cities of refuge will be set up for those who sought relief for non-volitional crimes. And women inheritors must remain within their tribes.
On Shabbat we will look at what these final instructions represent in representing values and ultimately in also creating problems.
Join us for Yoga Nidra, davening and discussion.