Love, War, and the Other – 5776

Rabbi Yehoshua Dovid Schwartz JLIC Rabbi at Boston University   Love, War, and the Other “All that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, by their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were...

What Can We Learn from the Difference in the Numbers?

Sefer Bamidbar in English is called “The Book of Numbers” and there is a good reason for this. We see throughout the entire book that there are many numbers. (In Yoma and Menahot, we also find that they refer to Bamidbar as “numbering”.) Sefer...

Eve of Renewal

This year, the Shabbat on which we read the Torah portion of Bamidbar is also Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan (the day before Rosh Chodesh Sivan). When this happens, instead of reading the regular Shabbat haftarah we read a special haftarah from the Book of Samuel, generally...

Parshat BaMidbar and Yom Yerushalayim

“And HaShem spoke to Moshe, in Midbar Sinai in the Ohel Moed…” – The Rashbam comments that the beginning of Sefer BaMidbar, from the aspect of its location and timing, belongs to Har Sinai before the Jewish people embarked on their journey to the Land of Israel!...

Receiving the Torah in the Wilderness – 5770

Rabbi Avi Goldberg Former Rosh Kollel in Memphis   After Bnei Yisrael leave Egypt, we learn: “So God turned the nation to the way of the wilderness to Yam Suf…” (Shmot 13:18) Traveling via the midbar (wilderness) could be construed as a minor detail – the...

HaMarbeh B’Chvod Shamayim – 5769

Avrumi Gross Former Shaliach in Capetown   Those of us who serve as shlichim (emissaries) of the Torah, the Jewish people, and the Land of Israel – both in Israel and around the world – find ourselves under constant scrutiny. Our every word, handshake (or lack...

Parshat Bamidbar – 5768

Asher Shafrir Former Shaliach in Melbourne   Sefer Bamidbar, the fourth book of the Torah, opens with a description of Am Yisrael’s camp in the desert. Our commentaries speculate why this is so. Or, more precisely, they wonder if the beginning of Sefer Bamidbar...

Each Under His Flag – 5767

Amitai Ben Nun Former Shaliach in Cape Town   In Parashat Bamidbar, the Torah describes the encampment of the Jews in the desert. God instructed Moshe (Numbers 1:52), “The Children of Israel shall camp troop by troop, each man with his division (machanehu) and...

The Entire Assembly – They Are All Holy

“Korah took… and Datan and Aviram – the sons of Eliav, and On, the son of Pelet, of the children of Reuven. And they stood up before Moshe, with certain of the children of Israel- two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly… and they gathered themselves...