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, […]

Mattot by David Hartley Mark

Scene: A storage-tent, full of bags of gold and silver, vessels of copper, iron tools and weapons, tin gimcracks, leaden vessels—“any vessel that can withstand fire” (Num. 31:21-23). These items of booty are waiting to be “passed through fire” and thereby ritually purified of their pagan connections, while other items—fine glass, coated pottery, enamelwork—lie, carefully […]

Parsha Mattot by David Hartley Mark

Scene: A storage-tent, full of bags of gold and silver, vessels of copper, iron tools and weapons, tin gimcracks, leaden vessels—“any vessel that can withstand fire” (Num. 31:21-23). These items of booty are waiting to be “passed through fire” and thereby ritually purified of their pagan connections, while other items—fine glass, coated pottery, enamelwork—lie, carefully […]