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מסעי - "Journeys"

Weekly parashah #43: Masa'ei

  • Torah: B'midbar (Numbers) 33:1-36:13
  • Haftarah: Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 2:4-28,3:4
  • Greek Scriptures: Yochanan (John) 20-21

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Numbers 33:1

These are the journeys of the sons of Israel, by which they came out from the land of Egypt by their armies, under the leadership of Moses and Aaron.

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The Hebrew Word

Massa (Strong's #4550) means "departure". It is used only 13 times in 11 verses in the whole of the Tanakh.

First use in Scripture

The first time massa is used in Scripture is in Genesis 13:3.

Genesis 13:3

He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,


Last use in Scripture

The last time massa is used in Scripture is in Deuteronomy 10:11.

Deuteronomy 10:11

"Then the LORD said to me, 'Arise, proceed on your journey ahead of the people, that they may go in and possess the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.'


Parashah Outline

  • Review of the Journey from Egypt to the Yarden River - Numbers 33:1
  • Law of Possessing the Land - Numbers 33:50
  • Instruction for Apportioning the Land - Numbers 34:1
  • Cities for the Levi'im - Numbers 35:1
  • Cities of Refuge - Numbers 35:6
  • Inheritance by Marriage - Numbers 36:1


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Yom Sh'lishi, 15 Kislev, 5784

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