Mattot

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The Faithful Servant

As we have seen throughout this book, analyzing words according to their letters yields deep and profound meanings. This in fact is intrinsic to the PaRDeS system of learning. The Hebrew word for vow (neder) when split into its two syllables reads “ne-der” – “[the letter] nun dwells.” When the two letters spelling the word […]

The Changing of the Guard

This portion is called Mattot (Tribes) because it begins with God telling Moses to speak to the heads of the tribes about the laws of vows. The Talmud teaches that after receiving a revelation from God, Moses always taught Aaron first, Aaron’s sons next, then the elders (including the leaders of the tribes), and finally […]