Parshat Mattot begins with sexism, continues with genocide and ends with materialism. It is indeed a difficult and painful sidra.
So, how can we meaningfully engage with such indigestible texts that contradict our contemporary notions of justice?
Some commentators evade, whitewash or ignore these difficulties and focus only on texts that uphold their own values. But when we avoid difficulties and complexity and strive for a simplified, black-and-white understanding of reality, we erode the possibility of shalom, peace. What does this mean?