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Parashat Matot-Masei 5775

In our Parasha we read about the tribes of Reuven, Gad and half the tribe of Menashe who approached Moshe Rabbenu with an unusual request. They were willing to
relinquish their tribal share in Eretz Yisrael if they would be given the fertile lush countries of Sichon and Og (Syria and Jordan in today’s geographical map) bordering Eretz Yisrael that the Jewish People had just conquered. Initially Moshe refused but then after demanding certain conditions he agreed and indeed these three tribes ended up settling outside of Eretz Yisrael. This incident needs extensive explanation.
First of all why did they wish to settle outside of Eretz Yisrael, didn’t they realize the
great qualities of living in the holy land? And also, why these three tribes specifically and why only half of Menashe?

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Parashat Balak 5775

Our Parasha begins with the story of Balak the king of Moab who hires the prophet Bilaam to curse and ultimately destroy the Jewish people. Bilaam had already proven his powers before when he helped the king of Emori, Sichon; win the battle against Moab as a result of a terrible curse he had placed on Moab. Now Balak was getting  Bilaam on his side to curse his enemies. The Chafetz Chaim points out how different
we are from the goyim.  When we have a problem,  we go to our leaders the holy tzaddikim and seek a blessing for ourselves. However, the prophets of the goyim instead attempt to solve their problems through cursing and destroying their adversaries.

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Parashat Korach 5775

In our Parsha we read the story of Korach standing up against the legitimacy of Moshe Rabbenu and eventually being punished and swallowed up in the ground along with his entire group of followers.

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Fri, November 27 2020 11 Kislev 5781