Mattot-Masay: The Midianite Tragedy, and Us

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Avenge the Israelite people on the Midianites.” Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Let men fall upon Midian to wreak the Lord’s vengeance.” [The Israelite warriors] fell upon Midian, and slew every male, including male children, and [afterwards] slew every married woman. And they took much booty, for the […]

Mattot-Massay by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Mattot-Massay: The Midianite War by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   “The LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, ‘Avenge the Israelite people on the Midianites; then you shall be gathered to your kin.’ “Moses spoke to the people, saying, ‘Let men be picked out from among you for a campaign, and let them fall upon Midian to […]

Mattot-Massay By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Mattot-Massay (מטות־מסעי) Torah: Numbers 30:2 – 36:13 Haftarah (A): Jeremiah 2:4 – 28; 3:4 Haftarah (S): Jeremiah 2:4 – 28; 4:1 – 4:2   My name is Issachar; I am a Hebrew, from the Tribe of Naphtali. My father died before I was born, and my mother was left a widow, with myself, two older brothers, […]