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Judaism: The Temple Institute on Mattot

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:36 PM


When the leaders of the tribes of Reuven and Gad approach Moses and ask his blessing to settle in the lands east of the Jordan River, Moses is aghast.

He saw a great spiritual failing on the part of Reuben and Gad whose relationship and commitment to the land of Israel was apparently so conditional.

What was it that Moses detected in Reuben and Gad's request that so troubled him, and what changed for Moses so that in the end he agreed to their settling east of the Jordan.