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Congregation Brothers of Joseph 2 Broad St Norwich CT 06360

FOR THE WEEK OF  7/17/17
Shabbat services for Shabbat Matot-Mass'ei will be conducted at Congregation Brothers of Joseph,
2 Broad Street, Norwich, by Rabbi Jeremy Booty. Candlelighting on Friday is at 7:58 p.m. Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat services will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the DOWNSTAIRS CHAPEL. Shabbat morning services will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will be held in the DOWNSTAIRS CHAPEL followed by a kiddush sponsored by the synagogue. We bless the month of Av. Mincha, Seudah Sh'lishit (third meal) and Maariv service will be convened at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat ends at 9:04 p.m.

Moses conveys the laws governing the annulment of vows to the heads of the tribes of Israel. War is waged against Midian for their role in plotting the moral destruction of Israel, and the Torah gives a detailed account of the war spoils and how they were allocated amongst the people, the warriors, the Levites and the high priest.
The tribes of Reuben and Gad (later joined by half of the tribe of Manasseh) ask for the lands east of the Jordan as their portion in the Promised Land, these being prime pastureland for their cattle. Moses is initially angered by the request, but subsequently agrees on the condition that they first join, and lead, in Israelís conquest of the lands west of the Jordan.
The forty-two journeys and encampments of Israel are listed, from the Exodus to their encampment on the plains of Moab across the river from the land of Canaan. The boundaries of the Promised Land are given, and cities of refuge are designated as havens and places of exile for inadvertent murderers. The daughters of Tzelafchad marry within their own tribe of Manasseh, so that the estate which they inherit from their father should not pass to the province of another tribe.