The Earth Is a Gift (Numbers 30:2-36:13, Mattot-Masei)

Moses seemed to know he was running out of time. In these last chapters of the book of Numbers, he pours out a bucketful of laws that tumble forth upon the Jewish people.Embedded in this great sacred gush, as the Israelites stand between wilderness and homeland, vastness and boundedness, Moses speaks fundamentally of the power and meaning of place, where, how and to whom it is distributed.The reading recounts every place the children of Israel stopped on their 40-year journey, and the … [Read more...]