Unusually Rabbi Steinsaltz does not examine any of the verses in the parsha. He sees this parsha as transitional, and that later sections describe the same ideas with greater force. […]
Devarim 4:15-19 For your own sake, therefore, be most careful–since you saw no shape when the LORD your God spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire — not […]
How ( אֵיכָ֥ה ) can I bear unaided the trouble of you, and the burden, and the bickering!
Megillat Eikah 1:1
How does the city sit solitary?
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz […]
Bamidbar 33:1-2 (Robert Alter) These are the journeyings of the Israelites who came out of the land of Egypt by their battalions, in the hand of Moses and Aaron. And […]
Bamidbar 25:11 “Pinchas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the Priest, has turned back My wrath from the Israelites by displaying among them his passion [zealousness] for Me, so that […]
Who speaks for God?Bamidbar 24:15-16 He took up his theme, and said, Word of Balaam son of Beor, Word of the man whose eye is true, Word […]
Bamidbar 19:2 This is the law that the LORD has commanded: Instruct the Israelite people to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and […]
Bamidbar 16:3 They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of them, and the LORD is […]
Bamidbar 13:1-3 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to scout the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelite people; send one man from each of […]
Bamidbar 11:4-6, 11-12, 14,16-17, 24-29 The riffraff in their midst felt a gluttonous craving; and then the Israelites wept and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember […]