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Questions the Rabbis Asked[edit]

Here are some questions that the Rabbis asked in connection with Parshah Matot:

Numbers 30:2–17:

Are vows good or bad?

Mishnah Avot 3:13; Jerusalem Talmud Nedarim 9:1; Babylonian Talmud Nedarim 22a, 59a

Numbers 30:3:

What is the Biblical basis for the law of the dissolution of vows?

Mishnah Chagigah 1:8; Babylonian Talmud Chagigah 10a

Numbers 30:2–17:

Does God vow? If so, is God then bound by the vow?

Babylonian Talmud Bava Batra 74a; Exodus Rabbah 43:4

Numbers 31:9:

Why did the Israelites pillage the Midianites?

Numbers Rabbah 22:8

Numbers 27:3:

Did the Reubenites and Gadites have an honorable reason to settle outside the Land of Israel?

Numbers Rabbah 22:7, 9

Numbers 32:22:

How can one honor the command that “you shall be clear before the Lord and before Israel”?

Babylonian Talmud Yoma 38a

-- Dauster (talk) 20:23, 4 July 2010 (UTC)


  • REQUEST: Please see the centralized discussion about this subject, relating to sources, links, content, etc at Talk:Chayei Sarah (parsha). Thank you, IZAK (talk) 09:30, 30 July 2012 (UTC)