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May 16, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How was the portion of the Levi’im different than of the other tribes?
וְעָרֵי֙ הַלְוִיִּ֔ם בָּתֵּ֖י עָרֵ֣י אֲחֻזָּתָ֑ם גְּאֻלַּ֥ת עוֹלָ֖ם תִּהְיֶ֥ה לַלְוִיִּֽם׃
As for the cities of the Levites, the houses in the cities they hold—the Levites shall forever have the right of redemption.
The Leviim didn’t receive a portion of the land like all the other tribes. Instead, they were given 48 cities (6 cities of refuge and 42 regular cities) throughout Eretz Israel.
Each of these towns, were surrounded by a 2000 amot of open space which encircled it.
Leviim’s property, can be redeemed at any time, whether it is a house or field and whether it is in a walled or unwalled city.
The Leviim were also given an additional 3000 amot of land outside each of their cities, for their needs and for their animals.
They were also given land to use for burial.
Of these 3000 amot, 1000 amot was called migrash/parkland which could not be touched or used for planting or building. It was there for its beauty to be enjoyed and had to remain open from all sides.
The other 2000 amot were used for fields and vineyards.
(Bamidbar 35, Rashi, Sifra, Meam Loez)
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