Parsha Masei

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Masei

Masei  מַסְעֵי is the forty-third parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the tenth and last reading in Bamidbar (Numbers). Masei is the second half of the sixth double portion – parsha Matot-Masei.  Double parsha Matot-Masei is read as a combined reading every year except on leap years.

Masei  מַסְעֵי is translated as “journeys“.

Masei מַסְעֵי is the second word and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

א אֵלֶּה מַסְעֵי בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר יָֽצְאוּ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לְצִבְאֹתָם בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁה וְאַֽהֲרֹֽן:

Parsha Stats

  • Hebrew letters – 5,773
  • Hebrew words – 1,461
  • Pesukim (sentences) – 132
  • Verses – 132
  • Lines in a Torah Scroll- 189
  • Double Count – 1
  • Scribal Practices – 1
  • See Hebrew text for Parsha Masei מַסְעֵי
  • Number of Mitzvot – 6 Mitzvot in Parsha Masei מַסְעֵי
    • Positive – 2
    • Negative – 4
  • Sefer ha-Chinuch agrees with Rambam

Parsha Readings

Torah: B’midbar (Numbers) 30:2 – 32:42
Halftorah: Jeremiah 2:4-28
Brit Hahagaddah: James 4:1-12

Parsha Aliyah

First reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 33:1-10
Second reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 33:11-49
Third reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 33:50-34:15
Fourth reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 34:16-29
Fifth reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 35:1-8
Sixth reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 35:9-34
Seventh reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 36:1-13

33:1-1033:11-4933:50-34:1534:16-2935:1-835:9-3436:1-13Halftorah: Jeremiah 2:4-28Brit Hahagaddah: James 4:1-12Copyright

Chapter 33:1-10

Recounting Israel’s Journey

Num 33:1  These are the stages of the people of Israel, when they went out of the land of Egypt by their companies under the leadership of Moses and Aaron.
Num 33:2  Moses wrote down their starting places, stage by stage, by command of the LORD, and these are their stages according to their starting places.

Num 33:3  They set out from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the day after the Passover, the people of Israel went out triumphantly in the sight of all the Egyptians,
Num 33:4  while the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn, whom the LORD had struck down among them. On their gods also the LORD executed judgments.

Num 33:5  So the people of Israel set out from Rameses and camped at Succoth.
Num 33:6  And they set out from Succoth and camped at Etham, which is on the edge of the wilderness.
Num 33:7  And they set out from Etham and turned back to Pi-hahiroth, which is east of Baal-zephon, and they camped before Migdol.
Num 33:8  And they set out from before Hahiroth and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness, and they went a three days’ journey in the wilderness of Etham and camped at Marah.
Num 33:9  And they set out from Marah and came to Elim; at Elim there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there.
Num 33:10  And they set out from Elim and camped by the Red Sea.

Chapter 33:11-49

Num 33:11  And they set out from the Red Sea and camped in the wilderness of Sin.
Num 33:12  And they set out from the wilderness of Sin and camped at Dophkah.
Num 33:13  And they set out from Dophkah and camped at Alush.
Num 33:14  And they set out from Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.

Num 33:15  And they set out from Rephidim and camped in the wilderness of Sinai.
Num 33:16  And they set out from the wilderness of Sinai and camped at Kibroth-hattaavah.
Num 33:17  And they set out from Kibroth-hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.
Num 33:18  And they set out from Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.
Num 33:19  And they set out from Rithmah and camped at Rimmon-perez.
Num 33:20  And they set out from Rimmon-perez and camped at Libnah.
Num 33:21  And they set out from Libnah and camped at Rissah.
Num 33:22  And they set out from Rissah and camped at Kehelathah.
Num 33:23  And they set out from Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher.
Num 33:24  And they set out from Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.
Num 33:25  And they set out from Haradah and camped at Makheloth.
Num 33:26  And they set out from Makheloth and camped at Tahath.

Num 33:27  And they set out from Tahath and camped at Terah.
Num 33:28  And they set out from Terah and camped at Mithkah.
Num 33:29  And they set out from Mithkah and camped at Hashmonah.
Num 33:30  And they set out from Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.

Num 33:31  And they set out from Moseroth and camped at Bene-jaakan.
Num 33:32  And they set out from Bene-jaakan and camped at Hor-haggidgad.
Num 33:33  And they set out from Hor-haggidgad and camped at Jotbathah.
Num 33:34  And they set out from Jotbathah and camped at Abronah.
Num 33:35  And they set out from Abronah and camped at Ezion-geber.
Num 33:36  And they set out from Ezion-geber and camped in the wilderness of Zin (that is, Kadesh).

Num 33:37  And they set out from Kadesh and camped at Mount Hor, on the edge of the land of Edom.
Num 33:38  And Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor at the command of the LORD and died there, in the fortieth year after the people of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, on the first day of the fifth month.
Num 33:39  And Aaron was 123 years old when he died on Mount Hor.

Num 33:40  And the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negeb in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the people of Israel.
Num 33:41  And they set out from Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah.
Num 33:42  And they set out from Zalmonah and camped at Punon.
Num 33:43  And they set out from Punon and camped at Oboth.
Num 33:44  And they set out from Oboth and camped at Iye-abarim, in the territory of Moab.
Num 33:45  And they set out from Iyim and camped at Dibon-gad.
Num 33:46  And they set out from Dibon-gad and camped at Almon-diblathaim.
Num 33:47  And they set out from Almon-diblathaim and camped in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo.

Num 33:48  And they set out from the mountains of Abarim and camped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho;
Num 33:49  they camped by the Jordan from Beth-jeshimoth as far as Abel-shittim in the plains of Moab.

Chapter 33:50-56

Drive Out the Inhabitants

Num 33:50  And the LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying,
Num 33:51  “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
Num 33:52  then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their figured stones and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places.
Num 33:53  And you shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given the land to you to possess it.

Num 33:54  You shall inherit the land by lot according to your clans. To a large tribe you shall give a large inheritance, and to a small tribe you shall give a small inheritance. Wherever the lot falls for anyone, that shall be his. According to the tribes of your fathers you shall inherit.

Num 33:55  But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those of them whom you let remain shall be as barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall trouble you in the land where you dwell.
Num 33:56  And I will do to you as I thought to do to them.”

Chapter 34:1-15

Boundaries of the Land

Num 34:1  The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 34:2  “Command the people of Israel, and say to them, When you enter the land of Canaan (this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, the land of Canaan as defined by its borders),
Num 34:3  your south side shall be from the wilderness of Zin alongside Edom, and your southern border shall run from the end of the Salt Sea on the east.
Num 34:4  And your border shall turn south of the ascent of Akrabbim, and cross to Zin, and its limit shall be south of Kadesh-barnea. Then it shall go on to Hazar-addar, and pass along to Azmon.
Num 34:5  And the border shall turn from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt, and its limit shall be at the sea.

Num 34:6  “For the western border, you shall have the Great Sea and its coast. This shall be your western border.

Num 34:7  “This shall be your northern border: from the Great Sea you shall draw a line to Mount Hor.
Num 34:8  From Mount Hor you shall draw a line to Lebo-hamath, and the limit of the border shall be at Zedad.
Num 34:9  Then the border shall extend to Ziphron, and its limit shall be at Hazar-enan. This shall be your northern border.

Num 34:10  “You shall draw a line for your eastern border from Hazar-enan to Shepham.
Num 34:11  And the border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain. And the border shall go down and reach to the shoulder of the Sea of Chinnereth on the east.
Num 34:12  And the border shall go down to the Jordan, and its limit shall be at the Salt Sea. This shall be your land as defined by its borders all around.”

Num 34:13  Moses commanded the people of Israel, saying, “This is the land that you shall inherit by lot, which the LORD has commanded to give to the nine tribes and to the half-tribe.
Num 34:14  For the tribe of the people of Reuben by fathers’ houses and the tribe of the people of Gad by their fathers’ houses have received their inheritance, and also the half-tribe of Manasseh.
Num 34:15  The two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, toward the sunrise.”

Chapter 34:16-29

List of Tribal Chiefs

Num 34:16  The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 34:17  “These are the names of the men who shall divide the land to you for inheritance: Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun.
Num 34:18  You shall take one chief from every tribe to divide the land for inheritance.
Num 34:19  These are the names of the men: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
Num 34:20  Of the tribe of the people of Simeon, Shemuel the son of Ammihud.
Num 34:21  Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon.
Num 34:22  Of the tribe of the people of Dan a chief, Bukki the son of Jogli.
Num 34:23  Of the people of Joseph: of the tribe of the people of Manasseh a chief, Hanniel the son of Ephod.
Num 34:24  And of the tribe of the people of Ephraim a chief, Kemuel the son of Shiphtan.

Num 34:25  Of the tribe of the people of Zebulun a chief, Elizaphan the son of Parnach.
Num 34:26  Of the tribe of the people of Issachar a chief, Paltiel the son of Azzan.
Num 34:27  And of the tribe of the people of Asher a chief, Ahihud the son of Shelomi.
Num 34:28  Of the tribe of the people of Naphtali a chief, Pedahel the son of Ammihud.”
Num 34:29  These are the men whom the LORD commanded to divide the inheritance for the people of Israel in the land of Canaan.

Chapter 35:1-8

Cities for the Levites

Num 35:1  The LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying,
Num 35:2  “Command the people of Israel to give to the Levites some of the inheritance of their possession as cities for them to dwell in. And you shall give to the Levites pasturelands around the cities.
Num 35:3  The cities shall be theirs to dwell in, and their pasturelands shall be for their cattle and for their livestock and for all their beasts.
Num 35:4  The pasturelands of the cities, which you shall give to the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city outward a thousand cubits all around.
Num 35:5  And you shall measure, outside the city, on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the south side two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits, the city being in the middle. This shall belong to them as pastureland for their cities.

Num 35:6  “The cities that you give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, where you shall permit the manslayer to flee, and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities.
Num 35:7  All the cities that you give to the Levites shall be forty-eight, with their pasturelands.
Num 35:8  And as for the cities that you shall give from the possession of the people of Israel, from the larger tribes you shall take many, and from the smaller tribes you shall take few; each, in proportion to the inheritance that it inherits, shall give of its cities to the Levites.”

Chapter 35:9-34

Cities of Refuge

Num 35:9  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 35:10  “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
Num 35:11  then you shall select cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person without intent may flee there.
Num 35:12  The cities shall be for you a refuge from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation for judgment.
Num 35:13  And the cities that you give shall be your six cities of refuge.
Num 35:14  You shall give three cities beyond the Jordan, and three cities in the land of Canaan, to be cities of refuge.

Num 35:15  These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills any person without intent may flee there.
Num 35:16  “But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death.
Num 35:17  And if he struck him down with a stone tool that could cause death, and he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death.
Num 35:18  Or if he struck him down with a wooden tool that could cause death, and he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death.
Num 35:19  The avenger of blood shall himself put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death.

Num 35:20  And if he pushed him out of hatred or hurled something at him, lying in wait, so that he died,
Num 35:21  or in enmity struck him down with his hand, so that he died, then he who struck the blow shall be put to death. He is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
Num 35:22  “But if he pushed him suddenly without enmity, or hurled anything on him without lying in wait
Num 35:23  or used a stone that could cause death, and without seeing him dropped it on him, so that he died, though he was not his enemy and did not seek his harm,
Num 35:24  then the congregation shall judge between the manslayer and the avenger of blood, in accordance with these rules.
Num 35:25  And the congregation shall rescue the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he had fled, and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.

Num 35:26  But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the boundaries of his city of refuge to which he fled,
Num 35:27  and the avenger of blood finds him outside the boundaries of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood.
Num 35:28  For he must remain in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest, but after the death of the high priest the manslayer may return to the land of his possession.

Num 35:29  And these things shall be for a statute and rule for you throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.
Num 35:30  “If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses. But no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.

Num 35:31  Moreover, you shall accept no ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he shall be put to death.
Num 35:32  And you shall accept no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the high priest.
Num 35:33  You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
Num 35:34  You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the LORD dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”

Chapter 36:1-13

Marriage of Female Heirs

Num 36:1  And the heads of the fathers’ houses of the family of the children of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near, and spoke before Moses, and before the princes, the heads of the fathers’ houses of the children of Israel;
Num 36:2  and they said: ‘The LORD commanded my lord to give the land for inheritance by lot to the children of Israel; and my lord was commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother unto his daughters.

Num 36:3  And if they be married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel, then will their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of our fathers, and will be added to the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they shall belong; so will it be taken away from the lot of our inheritance.
Num 36:4  And when the jubilee of the children of Israel shall be, then will their inheritance be added unto the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they shall belong; so will their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.’

Num 36:5  And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the LORD, saying: ‘The tribe of the sons of Joseph speaketh right.
Num 36:6  This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying: Let them be married to whom they think best; only into the family of the tribe of their father shall they be married.
Num 36:7  So shall no inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe; for the children of Israel shall cleave every one to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.
Num 36:8  And every daughter, that possesseth an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel, shall be wife unto one of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may possess every man the inheritance of his fathers.
Num 36:9  So shall no inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; for the tribes of the children of Israel shall cleave each one to its own inheritance.’

Num 36:10  Even as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad.
Num 36:11  For Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married unto their father’s brothers’ sons.
Num 36:12  They were married into the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father.

Num 36:13  These are the commandments and the ordinances, which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.

Jeremiah 2:4-28

Jer 2:4  Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel;
Jer 2:5  Thus saith the LORD: What unrighteousness have your fathers found in Me, that they are gone far from Me, and have walked after things of nought, and are become nought?
Jer 2:6  Neither said they: ‘Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt; that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?’
Jer 2:7  And I brought you into a land of fruitful fields, to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled My land, and made My heritage an abomination.
Jer 2:8  The priests said not: ‘Where is the LORD?’ And they that handle the law knew Me not, and the rulers transgressed against Me; the prophets also prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
Jer 2:9  Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children’s children will I plead.
Jer 2:10  For pass over to the isles of the Kittites, and see, and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there hath been such a thing.
Jer 2:11  Hath a nation changed its gods, which yet are no gods? But My people hath changed its glory for that which doth not profit.
Jer 2:12  Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye exceeding amazed, saith the LORD.
Jer 2:13  For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Jer 2:14  Is Israel a servant? Is he a home-born slave? Why is he become a prey?
Jer 2:15  The young lions have roared upon him, and let their voice resound; and they have made his land desolate, his cities are laid waste, without inhabitant.
Jer 2:16  The children also of Noph and Tahpanhes feed upon the crown of thy head.
Jer 2:17  Is it not this that doth cause it unto thee, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when He led thee by the way?
Jer 2:18  And now what hast thou to do in the way to Egypt, to drink the waters of Shihor? Or what hast thou to do in the way to Assyria, to drink the waters of the River?
Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil and a bitter thing, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, neither is My fear in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Jer 2:20  For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands, and thou saidst: ‘I will not transgress’; upon every high hill and under every leafy tree thou didst recline, playing the harlot.
Jer 2:21  Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed; how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto Me?
Jer 2:22  For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before Me, saith the Lord GOD.
Jer 2:23  How canst thou say: ‘I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baalim’? See thy way in the Valley, know what thou hast done; thou art a swift young camel traversing her ways;
Jer 2:24  A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind in her desire; her lust, who can hinder it? All they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
Jer 2:25  Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst; but thou saidst: ‘There is no hope; no, for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.’
Jer 2:26  As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets;
Jer 2:27  Who say to a stock: ‘Thou art my father’, and to a stone: ‘Thou hast brought us forth’, for they have turned their back unto Me, and not their face; but in the time of their trouble they will say: ‘Arise, and save us.’
Jer 2:28  But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? Let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble; for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

James 4:1-12

Warning Against Worldliness

Jas 4:1  What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?
Jas 4:2  You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
Jas 4:3  You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Jas 4:4  You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Jas 4:5  Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?
Jas 4:6  But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Jas 4:9  Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
Jas 4:11  Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
Jas 4:12  There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

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