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At the time Moses was pleading (va’etchanan means “and I sought favor”) with Elohim for another chance to enter into the land, the world wasn’t much different than it is today. You probably assume that that I have a punch line following that statement, but I don’t. Let’s examine this week’s parsha together.
When reading through this parsha this time around, I paused to reflect on Deuteronomy 1:10. We should be very familiar with the promise made to Avinu Avraham (Our father Abraham) by now, but it’s worth looking at it again.
Then Moshe commanded the sons of Israel according to the word of Yahweh, saying, “The tribe of the sons of Yoseph are right in their statements. This is what Yahweh has commanded concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, ‘Let them marry whom they wish; only they must marry within the…
When is enough actually enough for us? How many times do we see injustice occurring and think to ourselves, “I wish someone would do something about that”? We begin this week by reading about Elohim’s reaction to the zeal that Pinchas displayed in the previous Parsha. Let’s to go back to the end of last week’s Torah portion to refresh our memory.
…so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick. And Adonai opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” Numbers 22:27b-28 NASB They killed the kings of Midian along with the…
Not just a decree, but the decree. And what a complex decree it is! We begin this week’s busy Torah portion with a law that has continued to baffle scholars, sages and biblical students alike over the years: the purifying ashes of the red heifer.
Then Adonai spoke to Moshe and Aharon, saying, “Separate yourself from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly.” But they fell on their faces and said, “O Elohim, Elohim of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins will You be angry with the entire congregation?” Numbers…
After scouting the Promised Land of Canaan, ten of the twelve spies came back and delivered a statement that provoked fear in the hearts of the Israelites.
“Rise up, O Adonai! And let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.” Numbers 11:35 NASB Return, O Adonai, To the myriad thousands of Israel. Numbers 11:36 NASB Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of Adonai; Emphasis…
It seems we begin this portion of the Torah with a continuation of more numbers. More counting. More censuses. But here we notice something strange. Just prior in Numbers 3:17 the sons of Levi are listed in order of their seniority with Gershon being first, Kohat listed second and Merari…