Bamidbar

Every breath I take…

All the tribes get a mention (several times) in Bamidbar. If so, why is the word for Jews ‘yehudim’ - baring a striking resemblance to the tribe of Yehudah; what about all the other tribes? Here are two answers.

Firstly, the name Yehudah has the name of HaShem in it…

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Thinking of what could have been

The Sforno at the start of our sedra (1:2) reveals what HaShem’s original plan was - what would have happened had we not succumbed to the sin of the spies. We’d have been counted, put into our special travelling formation (wing-backs and sweeper!), and we’d have then gone straight into…

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The first Rashi in each Chumash is always about...

Rav Chaim Halpern points out that the first Rashi in each Chumash always seems to sing the praises of Klal Yisrael. The first Rashi in Bereishis tells of the present of Eretz Yisrael that HaShem gave to us. The opening Rashi in Shemos tells of HaShem re-counting the names and…

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Why can we not count Jews?

Parshas Bamidbar; Out for the Count : This week we are going to ask a question which we have asked several times before with regards to previous parshiyos (e.g Emor, Vayikra). A sedra is named after its first significant word. Thus, the sedra Korach is not entitled by its first…

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The Formation of the Tribes was no coincidence!!

The gemara in Nedarim (58a) tells us that in order for the Shechina to rest on someone, he must have four attributes; wise, rich, strong, and modest. The Kli Yakar says that grouping of the encampment of Bnei Yisroel into four Degalim was to highlight these four attributes of Klal…

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You are special, not just a figure!!

A brick in the wall is only important because without it the wall will fall. The brick itself has no individual importance. Similarly when Bnei Yisroel went to war with Midyan each Shevet sent 1,000 soldiers. Each soldier was only a number that added up to the necessary total amount…

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Why in Midbar Sinai??

"And Hashem spoke to Moshe in Midbar Sinai". Why was the Torah specifically given in a Midbar? The Meforshim explain, since the Midbar is essentially Hefker (ownerless), no one has any particular claim to it. Hashem was indicating that the Torah belongs equally to everyone .

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