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Reading the Bible Very Slowly : Matot, מַּטּוֹת (Tribes), Numbers 30:2-32:42 & Masei, מַסְעֵי (Journeys of), Numbers 33:1-36:13

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Please note we will read TWO parshot this week : Matot & Masei !

Matot, Mattot, Mattoth, or Matos (מַּטּוֹת — Hebrew for “tribes,” the fifth word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 42nd weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the ninth in the book of Numbers. It constitutes Numbers 30:2–32:42. The parashah is made up of 5,652 Hebrew letters, 1,484 Hebrew words, and 112 verses, and can occupy about 190 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).[1]

Jews generally read it in July or early August. The lunisolar Hebrew calendar contains up to 55 weeks, the exact number varying between 50 in common years and 54 or 55 in leap years. In leap years (for example, 2014), parashah Matot is read separately. In common years (for example, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018), parashah Matot is combined with the next parashah, Masei, to help achieve the number of weekly readings needed.

Masei, Mas’ei, or Masse (מַסְעֵי — Hebrew for “journeys,” the second word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 43rd weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the 10th and last in the book of Numbers. It constitutes Numbers 33:1–36:13. The parashah is made up of 5,773 Hebrew letters, 1,461 Hebrew words, and 132 verses, and can occupy about 189 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).[1]

Jews generally read it in July or August. The lunisolar Hebrew calendar contains up to 55 Saturdays, the exact number varying between 50 in common years and 54 or 55 in leap years. In leap years (for example, 2014), parashat Masei is read separately. In common years (for example, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018), parashat Masei is combined with the previous parashah, Matot, to help achieve the number of weekly readings needed.

The parashah discusses the stations of the Israelites’ journeys, instructions for taking the land of Israel, cities for the Levites and refuge, and the daughters of Zelophehad

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 17:00
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