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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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Verse by Verse Notes





Other Observations



6 of the traditional 613 commandments are found in this parashah:

  • 42- To give the Levites cities to inhabit and their surrounding fields - Numbers 35:2
  • 508- Do not kill the murderer before he stands trial - Numbers 35:12
  • 510- Do not pity the pursuer - Numbers 35:12
  • 506- The court must send the accidental murderer to a city of refuge - Numbers 35:25
  • 505- Do not accept monetary restitution to atone for the murderer - Numbers 35:31
  • 507- Do not accept monetary restitution instead of being sent to a city of refuge - Numbers 35:32








11 verses that include massa (Strong's #4550)



Genesis 13:3

Exodus 17:1
Exodus 40:36
Exodus 40:38

Numbers 10:2
Numbers 10:6
Numbers 10:12
Numbers 33:1
Numbers 33:2

Deuteronomy 10:11


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Yom Shishi, 12 Cheshvan, 5781

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