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Parsha in 60 Seconds Presents Matot

Shalom and welcome to the Parsha in 60 seconds
Today’s portion is from Numbers 30:2–32:42 it is called Matot which means “tribes,”

Vows made to God were required to be completed unless made by a wife or daughter and the husband or father objected to the vow terms. Widowed and divorced women could not take back their vows.

God told Moses to attack the Midianites for their deeds in Peor. The Israelites attacked killing every man including five kings and Balaam the prophet. They plundered the Midianites only keeping virgin women alive.

Moses directed the troops to stay outside the camp for 7 days and purify everything including themselves.

The plunder was divided among the tribes. The troops presented 16,750 shekels of gold for Eleazar and Moses and kept the rest.

The Reubenites and the Gadites desired the land on the east side of the Jordan River for their cattle.

Moses was concerned that they would not fight for them when they crossed the Jordan and that God would not allow their generation to see the land because of it. They agreed that they would fight until all the land was conquered. Moses agreed

The Gadites and Reubenites built cities and some leaders of Manasseh conquered cities and settled there.

And that is Matot in 60 seconds.

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