Combined Parshiyot: Mattot / Masei

We read two Torah portions this week so we can get through the entire Torah by the end of the year

Mattot, Numbers 30:2-32:42
Moses speaks to the heads of the tribes about the laws of vows and oaths. It also speaks of a war of vengance against Midian, and counting the booty. It concludes by discussing the tribes of Reuben and Gad's desire to stay in the land across the Jordan, rather than the Promised Land, and this was allowed only if they agreed to help the other tribes claim the Promised Land.

Masei, Numbers 33:1-36:13
An itinerary of the travels of the Children of Israel from Egypt to the edge of the Promised Land, with talk of the coming conquest of the Land and a description of the boundaries, to assign cities for the Levites and cities of refuge, and further handling of the inheritance of daughters of Zelophehad: they may inherit their father's holdings but only if they marry within their tribe, so the holdings will not move to another tribe with their children.

This week, there is a special maftir portion (the final piece of the Torah reading) for Rosh Chodesh Shabbat: Numbers 28:9-15. This portion lays out the offerings made on Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of the new month) when it occurs on a Shabbat.

The haftarah is for 2nd Haftarah of Admonition, Isaiah 66:1-24. This portion speaks of the many sins committed by the People in Isaiah's time and the consequences, but promises that some will prosper and endure.