This is Bill’s commentary on the Torah portion, Mattot. In this portion, we learn of the sacredness of vows. A vow or oath uttered by a person is so important that, once made, the person is bound to keep it as surely as he would a commandment from the Creator. This principle becomes evident at the end of the portion when the tribes of Reuben and Gad request to remain on the eastern bank of the Jordan. In the war against Midian, Israel learns the importance of destroying anything (or in this case, anybody) that would destroy you first. If a cancer threatens the entire body the cancer must be removed. Approximately 40 minutes.