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Finding One’s Place in the World

In English, the book of Bamidbar is called Numbers, a somewhat surprising translation given that “bamidbar” means “in the desert.” However, aside from this objection, this choice makes perfect sense as the tribes, “families,” and individuals are counted several times throughout the book, most notably at the beginning. This recurring theme raises two questions: Why […]

Mans Search for Meaning

“Every man by his banner, with the insignia of their father’s house shall the children of Israel camp; at a distance surrounding the Tent of Meeting they shall camp” (Numbers 2:2). This verse is part of the Torah’s description of how Israel camped on all four sides of the Tabernacle in the desert. The Midrash […]