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 Against The Israeli Jews

In Bulgaria

Video of Bus Burning, Wreck at Burgas Airport
 after Bomb Attack on Israeli Tourists in Bulgaria

In this satellite image, theJordan River appears 
near the center as a vertical line connecting 
the Sea of Galileeon the north with the
 Dead Sea on the south.

From Ethiopia to Israel: Completing

 a Circle 25 Years in the Making

All the images used for this
week's * TORAH *  section
 are from Wikipedia
Encampment of Israelites, Mount Sinai
 (1836 intaglio print after J. M. W. Turner
 from Landscape illustrations of the Bible)

In this satellite image, theJordan River appears 
near the center as a vertical line connecting 
the Sea of Galileeon the north with the
 Dead Sea on the south.

This week's Torah portion begins with sexism and
then describes a genocide. How can we engage with
 such indigestable texts that contradict our
 contemporary notions of justice? MORE>
Reuben and Gad Ask for Land (engraving by Arthur Boyd Houghton)

 A Summary of the Parashah
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.

 Five Kings of Midian Slain by Israel 
( Illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible )

 More Commentaries 
On The Parashah

from Hillel
From Orthodox Union
from Jewish Outreach Institute
From Women Of Reform Judaism

  A Summary Of The Parashah
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.

Cities of Refuge (illustration from a Bible card

 published 1901 by the Providence Lithograph Company)






The haftarah for parshah Matot is Jeremiah 1:1–2:3. The haftarah is the first of three readings of admonition leading up to Tisha B'Av.

When parshah Matot is combined with parshah Masei (as it is in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017), the haftarah is the haftarah for parshah Masei:

 Jewish World News

Video of Bus Burning, Wreck at Burgas Airport
 after Bomb Attack on Israeli Tourists in Bulgaria
Israeli Unity Government Falls Apart:
Likud, Kadima Split Over Tal Bill, 
Knesset Elections Near
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 Federation Organizes Trip

Mission to Israel to Help Jews with

 Five Israelis killed in Bulgaria 

Israelis killed in Bulgaria arrive home
5 Israeli Victims of Bulgaria Bus Bomb

CCTV capture of suspected bomber .

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Photo: Courtesy of Haredi College Jerusalem
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Photo: Reuters
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Photo: Nati Marcus
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Photo: Reuters
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