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The laws of Para Adumah, the Red Heifer (BaMidbar Chapter 19) are introduced as ‘This is the ordinance of the Torah which the Lord has commanded, . . . .’ (BaMidbar 19:2) Chok, ordinance is explained by Rashi ZT’L ZY’A As a rite without any reason or anchor in discernable logic which renders it as an object of derision by which Satan or the nations could mock Jewry. Even so this is a D-vine ordinance which one is not at liberty to challenge. The Midrashim (Rabbah BaMidbar 19:3, Tanchuma 6)…Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on June 29, 2012 at 7:01am — No Comments
Korach aided by Datan and Aviram lead a rebellion against Moshe’s legitimacy and authority. The challenge to Moshe’s rightful G-D appointed leadership was so dramatic that the rebels’ fate was something unprecedented (see BaMidbar 16:29-30). The magnitude of the challenge and its aftermath almost obscures what happened after the Rebels met their fate.
The next day the nation confronted Aaron and Moshe declaring “ . . . You have killed the people of the L-rd.” (BaMidbar 17:6) . A…Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on June 22, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
The spies’ report upon their return from reconnoitering the Land of Israel described a fantastic land that cannot be conquered (see Bamidbar 13:31-33). The spies concluding barb is most interesting “And there we saw the Nefilim, the sons of Anak, who come from the Nefilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so were we in their sight.” (BaMidbar 13:13)
Rashi ZT’L ZY’A poses the obvious question how did the spies know how the those living in the Land of Israel perceived…Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on June 15, 2012 at 12:58am — No Comments
BaMidbar 10:35-36 are bounded beginning and end with inverted versions of the Hebrew letter nun.נ While there is Kabalistic significance to this unique textual feature the Talmud Shabbat 116a asserts the letters are placed to designate the section as an entity unto itself (see Rabbi Baruch HaLevi Epstein ZT’L ZY’A, Torah Temimah BaMidbar Chapter 10 note 22). Consequently any approach to understanding this scripture should be with the understanding the two sentences are connected.
Added by Bernard S. Antin on June 8, 2012 at 5:39am — No Comments