Editor, Daveed  Fakheri

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The list of places through which the Israelites traveled in the wilderness teaches us
 to understand Judaism through our everyday experiences.

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Moses Ordering the Slaughter of the Midianites (1650 painting byClaes Corneliszoon Moeyaert

Moses describes the laws of oaths; the Israelites battle the 
 Midianites; the tribes of Reuben and Gad request to dwell 
outside of the Land of Israel

the hills of Gilead (current day Jal'ad, Jordan)
A summery of
The sons of Reuben and Gad have promised Moses that they will help the other tribes settle the Promised Land before settling across the River Jordan.
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Cities of Refuge (illustration from a Bible card published 1901 by the Providence Lithograph Company)
Torah Study
Reform Judaism
Matot/Mas'ei, 5770

When reading about the Jubilee year, when all land transfers are undone and each family reclaims its ancestral holdings (Leviticus 25:10), or the promised blessings of Deuteronomy (for example, 11:13–15), the Torah comes across as a utopian document—it appears 

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Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (painting by Rembrandt)

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