weekly Torah reading from Numbers 30:2-32:42

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What is the significance of using shevet vs. mattot in Parshat Mattot?

In Parashat Mattot the word matteh is used in place of the more commonly found shevet? Why is that? They both mean tribes no?
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Zombie Midianites?

In Numbers 31, the Jews wipe out Midyan. I'd think this referred to only those of Midyan who happened to be defending against the Jews' attack, and not the whole nation, except that even women and ...
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Rueven and Gad Scared?

There is a question in this week's parsha which a lot of mephroshim ask and answer and the question is: Did Reuven and Gad's descendants not want to join their brothers at war? What did Moshe reply? ...