Yehoshua 20

לעילוי נשמות אמתינו היקרות Esther Oppenheimer and Sarah Shenker עליהן השלום, each deeply devoted and proud to transmit their families’ Torah legacy to the next generations. From their children, Nina and Chaim Shenker

Run Away! Run Away!

Now that all 12 Tribes were settled in their portions, it was time to designate the cities of refuge as Hashem commanded Moshe in parshas Masei. These were cities where those who killed accidentally would flee. They would have to reside there until the death of the Kohein Gadol (High Priest). What did the High Priest have to do with manslaughter? One explanation, given by the Talmud in Makkos (11a) is that if he, as spiritual leader, had done a better job, such things wouldn't happen.

Moshe himself dedicated three cities on his side of the Jordan in parshas Va'eschanan, but they did not become active until the cities were dedicated in Eretz Yisroel proper.

Author: Rabbi Jack Abramowitz