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Chabad.org Parshah Portal features basic texts, summaries and in-depth analysis as well as commentary and other articles on the weekly Torah portion



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Parshah in a Nutshell: Matot-Massei

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

Got no more than five minutes? The Parshah in a Nutshell is an ultra-short, one-page synopsis of the weekly Torah reading, peppered with links to related stories, essays and articles.



Text of Parshah: Matot-Massei

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

Modern English translation of the full text of the Parshah.



Text of Parshah with Rashi: Matot-Massei

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

A modern English translation of the full text of the Parshah with the classic commentary by Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, 1040-1105), universally regarded as the most basic tool for understanding the meaning of the text for schoolchild and scholar alike.



Parshah in Depth: Matot-Massei

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

Explore the Parshah together with a hundred generations of scholars and mystics, from Moses to today. Includes a detailed summary and overview, and dozens of selected excerpts from the Midrash, Talmud, the Commentaries and the Chassidic Masters.



Chassidic Masters: Twelve Sticks

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

The stick, it can be said, is a piece of tree that has paid the price of leaving home. The stick, it can also be said, is one who has reaped the rewards of leaving home . . .



Chassidic Masters: Hardened Souls, Collected Sparks

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

What is the connection between Matot and Massei? And why are these two Parshiot are always read during "The Three Weeks", when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple?



Chassidic Masters: The Betrothed

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

The laws governing the annulment of vows distinguishes between an arus ('betrothed") and a baal ("husband"). On a deeper level, these laws describe two modes of spiritual life



Chassidic Masters: The Eastern Colonists

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

Why the dramatic shift in Moses' view on the Jewish settlement of the eastern territories? If the Reubenites' and Gadites' petition initially struck him as reminiscent of the sin of the Spies, what convinced him to endorse their plan and even expand on it?



Chassidic Masters: A Slumber and a Headache

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

Three aspects of tzimtzum



Chassidic Masters: Signpost

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

“The court is obligated to straighten the roads to the cities of refuge, to repair them and broaden them . . . ‘Refuge, Refuge’ was written at all crossroads, so that the murderers should recognize the way and turn there . . .”



Guest Columnists

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




Weekly Sermonette By Yossy Goldman

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST







Parshah Musings By Elisha Greenbaum

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




Inner Stream By Lazer Gurkow

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




Reflections on the Parshah By Zalman Posner

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




Parshah Blog

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




What the Rebbe Taught Me By Mendel Kalmenson

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




Parshah Messages By Naftali Silberberg

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




What Do You Think? By Levi Avtzon

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST







Torah for Now By Shlomo Yaffe

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




For Friday Night By Tali Loewenthal

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




Life's Passages By Chana Weisberg

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




Weekly Torah By Mordechai Wollenberg

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




A Thought for the Week By Yitschak Meir Kagan

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




Comment By Yanki Tauber

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST




Parshah Recovery By Rabbi Ben A.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST







Beyond Speech By Yitzi Hurwitz

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST