Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 12, 2015

Matos – Masii Tribes – Journeys

This week’s Torah reading is a double portion. Matos – Tribes followed by Masii – Journeys. This also concludes the 4th Book of the Torah called Bamidbar – In the Desert.

We come across an interesting item in providing the two tribes Gad and Reuven with the lands conquered from Sichon and Og.  They were given an additional half tribe to share in the conquered land.  One of the reasons given is that the half tribe was Menasha, a tribe well learned in Torah.  They would assure that Reuven and Gad, though separated from the other tribes, would maintain their strong Jewish identity by having half the tribe of Menasha, a Torah learned tribe, to provide the important spiritual ingredients that Jewish life needs.

We also saw this with Yakov when he went to Egypt.  He first sent Yehuda to establish a Jewish school to help maintain their Jewish identity while in Egypt.

Moshe is setting the scene for the importance of seeing to it that there be a Jewish presence where Jewish people choose to live.

This we see today as wherever Jews choose to live various Jewish groups send out individuals learned in Torah to set up a facility to help maintain and promote Jewish values.

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