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Daily Aliya for Massei, Revii (4th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: G‑d appoints a representative from each tribe to divide his tribe’s portion of land between the tribal members.

Note that the first 3 tribes mentioned do not have the word NASI (leader) mentioned – the others all do. One commentary suggests that it was unnecessary to identify Calev b. Yefuneh as a leader – that is well- known. The tribe of Shimon does not deserve to have a leader with the title NASI because of the Zimri affair. Binyamin’s leader was Eldad (here called Elidad – according to the Baal HaTurim, the extra YUD represents Prophecy, which has 10 different names), a person who already had the higher title of Prophet.

Shlomo Ressler