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Answers to Dovbear’s Kashya

Dovbear has a kashya: In Numbers 14, the spies come back from their mission and 10 of them report that Canaan is unconquerable. Two other spies disagree and argue that, with God, anything is possible. Instead of settling the matter, Moshe responds to the claims and counter claims by falling on his face and saying … Continue reading

Q&A: Sh’lah and Modern-Day Spies

Question: How did the sages know that “settling the land of Israel is the equivalent of all the commandments of the Torah.” (Sifrei to Parashath R’eh, 80) What does that even mean? Question: How could you claim so rudely that certain gedolim of the past and present “are wrong” in their views concerning religious Zionism … Continue reading

Parsha Notes: Sh’lah

As I mentioned earlier, the list of the spies that opens this parsha (Numbers 13:4-15) is arranged in the form of a song. Each verse has the same cantillational structure, i.e., the first two words marked with a zaqef qatan, and the last three words with a tip’ha and sof pasuq, with the exception of … 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

Parsha Notes: B’huqqothai

My daughter came home this week with one of those shabbos-table parsha sheets the kids are supposed to read to their proud parents. There was a good question on it. If you look at Leviticus 26:6-8, And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; … Continue reading