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Equality under the law and the requirement of personal responsiblity

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:44 am

The combined short sidrot of Matot and Masei bring us back to the early post-Egyptian history of the Israelites. Having wandered for the famous 40 years, Moses and the leadership face battles with nations that preclude their entry into Canaan — the Promised Land.

Here we read about 12,000 troops returning from battle with the Midianites, who hated the Israelites basically because they were different. Moses created an army of 1,000 soldiers from each tribe, led by Pinchas. These troops fought against the Midianites because of the perception that Midian was a place that engendered immorality. Now that they were successful in that battle, the sidrah reports the extremely precise enumeration of their new-found wealth, their war booty. We note that all that they brought home with them should be split among the tribes, and with the Levites for their service in ritual sacrifices.

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