Massei  (Num. 33:1-36:13)

33:1 Why were the journeys enumerated?
33:19 Why is this a different name than in Num. 13:3?
33:38 What is meant by “by the mouth of G-d”?
33:40 What did the Caananite king hear?
How did he know?
What did he erroneously think?
This has already been mentioned before. Where?
34:2 Why is the Torah stating this?
34:27 What does “there is no blood for him” mean?
35:6 In contemporary times where are the cities of refuge?
35:11 Why were there signs at the crossroads to the cities of refuge and none to Jerusalem?
35:13, 14 Verse 34:13 seems superfluous. What is it telling us?
35:19 What is this verse telling us?
35:23 What rule about who goes into exile is deduced from this verse?
35:25 What does the Kohen Gadol have to do with this?
What does the Kohen Gadol’s mother have to do with this?

Additional Discussion Questions:

1.  Why was Moses personally to lead the battle against the Midianites?
2.  How is the above analogous to Samson's war against the Phillistines?
3.  We are not supposed to take revenge.  Why is the revenge war against the Midianites allowed?
4.  Normally the Levites did not participate in the battles.  Why were they commanded to do so against the Midianites?
5.  Why were the Israelites to do battle against the Midianites but not against the Moabites? (Hint:  Has nothing to do with Ruth and the Moshiach)
6.  Where in the Tanach do we find the precursor  to "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."?
7.  What do the seven nations in Canaan represent in Kabbalah?
8.  What is the derivation of the Hebrew word "Midian"?
9.  Why is this Torah Portion always read during the period of the "Three Weeks"?

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