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Masei: A Land that Grows Murderers

A Shogeg killer If a man kills unintentionally, under specific conditions, he is obligated to flee to a city of refuge and remain there until the Kohain Gadol dies. While his act wasn’t premeditated and not even intentional, the Torah judges that had human life been more valuable to him, he would have been more careful, and this act would not have happened. Therefore, he is held accountable. The Torah delineates the placement of these…






Matos: Two Elements to a Sin

While a neder is a Halachically binding vow, there are methods to annul it. For example, if a husband becomes aware of his wife’s neder and feels it is inappropriate, he can refuse it, rendering it not binding. This refusal can be done with or without her knowledge. The Torah states that if a husband refuses his wife’s neder, HASHEM will forgive her. Rashi is bothered by the expression, “HASHEM will forgive her.” If a…






Masei: The Power of Prayer

Shogeg killer sent to the city of exile If Reuvain unintentionally killed Shimon, he is called a “shogeg killer,” and he must flee to a city of exile. The Mishnah (Maakos 11a) tells us that since shogeg killers could only return home when the Kohain Gadol died, the mother of the Kohain Gadol would bring the killers food and clothing. By acting with great kindness, she would create in them a sense of appreciation so…






Matos: A Land that Grows Murderers

A Shogeg killer If a man kills unintentionally, under specific conditions, he is obligated to flee to a city of refuge and remain there until the Kohain Gadol dies. While his act wasn’t premeditated and not even intentional, the Torah judges that had human life been more valuable to him, he would have been more careful, and this act would not have happened. Therefore, he is held accountable. The Torah delineates the placement of these…






Masei: Hashem Loves Us

The parshah begins with a catalog of the forty-two stops that the Jewish nation made in the desert. Rashi explains this with a mashal. Imagine a king whose son was critically ill. In search of a cure, he travelled with his child to a faraway land.  The journey was successful, and on their way back home, the king pointed out to his son each of the stops they had made along the way. With great…






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