Parashat Matot: Our Mysterious Strength as a People

Posted on July 23, 2008
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The name of this parshah – Matot, meaning tribes – is also related to the Hebrew word mateh, or staff, which symbolizes lasting strength. Matot is always read during the ‘three weeks’ prior to Tisha B’Av, the date of the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, and many of the themes in the parshah and its haftorah relate to the inner strength that has enabled us to survive as a people through two thousand years of exile. In this class we will examine three of the primary sources of this inner strength.

 
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