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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.
If a man makes a vow to God or swears an oath, he must not permit his word to remain unfulfilled. He shall do whatever has coe forth from his  More   





A prophecy of destruction

 that is rife with metaphor.

The Ashkenazic custom is to 
read Jeremiah 2:4-28 and 3:4.
The Sephardic custom is to
 read Jeremiah 2:4-28 and 4:1-2.

The haftarah for Parashat Masei is the second
 in the series of three haftarot that are read
 between the 17th of Tammuz and the ninth of Av, all
 of which describe Israel's oppression and 
destruction (tlata depuranuta). 
Though it is not thematically connected to the
 parashah, the haftarah evokes the sense of
 mourning that characterizes 
this period in the Jewish calendar.


 from Torah Topics for Today
from Torah Queeries
 from Women of Reform Judaism
 from CLAL
from Social Action
 from American Jewish University
 from Orthodox Union
 from Hillel

Number Matot Chapter 30/3: WHEN A man 

voweth a vow unto the LORD, or sweareth

 an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he 

shall not break his word.

Picture from the Parasha.

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President Shimon Peres, US Secretary of State John Kerry and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Ansar Shariah says army's ousting is declaration of war on Islam.

Hardline Islamists in Egypt.

Upheaval in Egypt

At least 30 people die, more than 1,000 wounded after Brotherhood call "Friday of Rejection" protests to denounce "coup."

German paper publishes 'anti-Semitic' cartoon attacking Israel, July 2, 2013.
German paper publishes 'anti-Semitic' 
cartoon attacking Israel, July 2, 2013.

An 11th century Yemenite mother 
corresponds with her mostly
 unresponsive sons.

Cairo mosques

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