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Daily Aliya for Matot-Massei, Revi’i (4th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: Moshe accepts the offer of the Reuvenites and Gaddites, and informs Joshua and Elazar the High Priest of the agreement. These two tribes, along with half of the tribe of Menashe settle on the eastern bank of the Jordan, and conquer many of the areas wherein they encountered opposition. The Torah then recounts the journeys of the Jews in the desert; the 42 journeys which took them from Egypt to the banks of the Jordan. Aaron passes away.

While Moshe wanted the tribes staying on the other side of the Jordan to fight, they took their commitment a step further and said they would not leave until everyone took possession of their land, which took an extra seven years! This proved beyond a doubt that their intentions were not to isolate themselves from the rest of the Jewish nation. Often it’s the extra steps we’re not even required to take that prove our intentions.