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Questions the Rabbis Asked
Here are some questions that the Rabbis asked in connection with Parshah Matot:
Are vows good or bad?
Mishnah Avot 3:13; Jerusalem Talmud Nedarim 9:1; Babylonian Talmud Nedarim 22a, 59a
What is the Biblical basis for the law of the dissolution of vows?
Mishnah Chagigah 1:8; Babylonian Talmud Chagigah 10a
Does God vow? If so, is God then bound by the vow?
Babylonian Talmud Bava Batra 74a; Exodus Rabbah 43:4
Why did the Israelites pillage the Midianites?
Numbers Rabbah 22:8
Did the Reubenites and Gadites have an honorable reason to settle outside the Land of Israel?
Numbers Rabbah 22:7, 9
How can one honor the command that “you shall be clear before the Lord and before Israel”?
Babylonian Talmud Yoma 38a