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Daily Aliya for Massei, Chamishi (5th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: The Jews are commanded to provide the Levites with 48 cities where they would dwell — 42 cities plus the six cities of refuge which would be designated. Along with these cities, the Levites were given expanses surrounding the cities for their cattle.

Note that the measure of 2000 amot as “city limit” was subsequently borrowed by the Sages in fixing the distance outside the dwelling place that a person may walk on Shabbat.