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Parsha Lights – Matot


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The following verses continue to describe a petition by these tribes to Moses, asking that they be allowed to settle in these territories rather than proceed with the rest of the nation into the promised land.

Moses was a bit horrified by the request. However, it did not seem to trouble him that the tribes of Reuben and Gad were relinquishing their portions in the promised land. His concerns were the discouraging effects this would have on the remaining tribes.

“Moses said to the children of Gad and the children of Reuben, ‘Shall your brothers go out to battle while you settle here? Why do you dissuade the heart of the children of Israel from crossing the land that Hashem has given them?'” (Numbers 32:6-7)