What We discussed: Matot-Mas’ei

Posted on August 1, 2022

Shalom TBAY!

Wondering what we discussed this past Shabbat? Here is a link to Friday Night’s D’Var Torah: Moses and the Eisenhower Matrix.

On Saturday, we discussed the text’s statement that blood from a murder defiles the land of Israel … and that only the shedding of the murderer’s blood there can cleanse it. We discussed whether we make the land itself wicked by our own actions and whether that is evil that we do in private, or in public, or both. We considered whether these extra rules are in place because of the holiness of the land of Israel, and that if we do these evil acts in the land of Israel, God cannot be there. And that begs the question. Does God live everywhere or not? What do you think? Here is a link to the Source Sheet.

Shavua Tov!

— Rabbi Rubin : )