Muswell Hill Synagogue
Shabbat Tetzaveh 26/27 February 2021 5.20pm 6.24pm


Another sedra named after a man but this one is for women’s rights.
Part of this portion deals with the allotment of land.

Ownership of land is an essential part of organising any society – this was especially so for a people who had been slaves for generations and then nomadic for 40 years.

Men were allotted land. 

Tzelafachad died leaving no sons, but five daughters – Malcha, Noah, Chaglah, Milcah and Tirtzah – they petitioned Moses to inherit the land. Moses asked G-d, who said “the plea of Tzelafachad’s daughters is just”. The order of inheritance of the deceased’s estate was then fixed as: Son, Daughters, Brothers, Father’s brothers or nearest relative.

The question is therefore what does the wife get?

Edward Leigh

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