Parashat Matot-Massei / Border Expansion in Canaan

The hasty construction of the Temple, without regard for the political implications, could bring about its destruction, whereas, the elders urge that it not be rebuilt immediately, the result being its eventual reconstruction.

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Before their entry into the Promised Land, God instructs the Children of Israel to perform certain mitzvot (commandments). One of the most important of these appears in this week’s Torah reading (Parashat...