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Category: Masei

Words that Create Worlds

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 15, 2016

Words have power. They can cut deep, creating lasting scars in one’s psyche, or they can comfort, console, encourage, and inspire. Words can also convince and persuade when used in a cogent argument, as when the daughters of Tzelafchad approached Moshe to voice their claim of inheritance over their father’s land in last week’s parasha. Continue Reading »

The Value of Living in the Land of Israel

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 21, 2016

The portion of Masei includes the sentence that speaks to the commandment of living in Israel. The key phrase is “and you shall take possession of the land and dwell therein” (Numbers 33:53). Rashi is of the opinion that this sentence does not constitute a command to live in Israel. It is rather good advice. Continue Reading »

Looking Back to Move Forward

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on July 15, 2015

After forty years of wandering through the wilderness, the Children of Israel arrive at the Plains of Moab. The Promised Land is so close they can almost taste it, and most of Parashat Masei is devoted to what awaits them on the other side of the Jordan. Yet with all this looking forward, Masei opens Continue Reading »

Standing for Truth while Pursuing Peace

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on July 22, 1998

The parsha of Matot-Masay concludes the story of the Moab-Midian attack against the Israelites. In the parsha of Balak we read that the Moabite women enticed the Israelite men to engage in illicit sex and to worship the pagan god Ba’al. God punished the Israelites and unleashed a deadly plague. In the midst of this Continue Reading »