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Exposition of the Book of Numbers, Part 6

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) Earlier, I suggested that the tribe of Levi’s small size as mentioned in Numbers 26 was due to many of the Levites’ dissatisfaction with their impending landless status. As the fiercest of Israel’s warriors and the most loyal to the traditions of their fathers, they … Continue reading

Exposition of the Book of Numbers, Part 4

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 5, Part 6) Parashath B’ha’aloth’cha describes how the Israelites finally set off on their journey from Horeb to the Holy Land, and how that generation that left Egypt failed in its historical mission and was replaced by the next generation. The first parashiyoth detail the preparations that were … Continue reading

Exposition of the Book of Numbers, Part 3

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6) The book of Numbers has a number of sections in which the verses’ structures, both syntactical and cantillational, create noticeable patterns. Many have a song-like quality to them, and some are actually sung by the reader during the public Torah reading. If you review the … Continue reading