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Ritual of Return: Parashat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13)

Parashat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/ritual_of_return_parashat_matot-masei_numbers_302-3613_20120718

This double parasha brings us to the end of the book of Bemidbar. The Israelites stand at the edge of the Promised Land, following Moses' last military campaign. Before the people can leave the wilderness, the soldiers must go through rituals of purification. They must stay "outside the camp for seven days." Everyone who has "slain a person or touched a corpse shall purify himself" (Numbers 31:19). This care for returning soldiers has relevance for today's veterans.

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