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 numbers of Klal Yisrael ‘to publicise His love of them.’ The curtain-raising Rashi in Vayikra speaks about the glory of Moshe Rabeinu our leader, and the starting Rashi of Devarim tells of our being reproached in a les overt way ‘because of the honour of Klal Yisrael.’ Indeed, Chumash Bamidbar is no different; the first Rashi recalls the fact that HaShem counted us again ‘because of our love before Him.’ In fact, this principle that the start of a Chumash cannot refer to any misdeeds of Klal Yisrael is highlighted by Rashi himself in parshas Beha’aloscha (9:1). The theme? We are indeed a treasured nation.

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