The Torah Revealed: Talmudic Masters Unveil the Secrets of the Bible

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Torah Portion
Masei
Numbers 33:1–36:13

AARON's DEATH

(33:38) Aaron the priest climbed Hor Mountain at God's command, and he died there on the first day of the fifth month, in the fortieth year of the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt.


The Talmud Teaches

at God's command … he died And not through the Angel of Death. From here, we derive that the Angel of Death did not hold sway over Aaron and that worms and maggots had no power over him (Bava Batra 17a).


ACTS OF MURDER

(35:11) You must designate cities which shall serve as refuge cities to which a murderer who killed a person accidentally can flee.


The Talmud Teaches

to which a murderer … can flee From where do we infer that if the accused leaves the court convicted and someone says, “I have something to say in his defense, ” that he is brought back for a retrial? For it says “Do not execute the innocent” (Exodus 23:7), which means that it is forbidden to impose the death penalty as long as anyone has evidence to present in the accused's favor.

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