Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bamidbar (Gathering Brief Insights) June 8, 2019



1) This week's Torah portion is Bamidbar ("in the desert")




Torah Portion: Numbers 1:1 - 4:20

Haftarah (supplemental portion): Hosea 2:1 - 2:22




https://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/bamidbar




#BibleStudyCoffeeTime





2) (Note: Will start the thread, leave it open, and return to it b/c not much time right now.)


3) From the summary it appears this Bible reading is about identifying who exactly is in the Jewish people - census, formation, emblems for the 12 tribes.

https://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/2121/jewish/Bamidbar-in-a-Nutshell.htm …


4) Here are a number of links to interesting Kabbalistic commentaries.




http://www.ascentofsafed.com/cgi-bin/ascent.cgi?Name=3465bamidbar …


5) This is one nice commentary mentioned - Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk:




Why does the Torah say specifically "in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting" (Numbers 1:1) /1




Do we really need such detail? God is everywhere.




And why does it matter where Moses was?




/1





6) Decode:




* "In the wilderness of Sinai" - "abe as humble as Mount Sinai, the smallest of all the mountains."




* "in the Tent of Meeting" - "be joyous, as the word for 'Meeting,' 'Moed,' also means festival. "





7) "The greater one's humility, the more genuine joy he will experience at having merited to be able to serve G-d. "





8) Wow this stuff is great. Bookmarking




http://www.ascentofsafed.com/cgi-bin/ascent.cgi?Name=3465bamidbar …


9) "For six years you shall prune your vineyard." (25:3) "The Jewish people are called a 'vineyard'" (Isaiah 5).




"Each and every Jew must work at clearing up and pruning his own vineyard-his unfavorable traits such as jealousy, hatred, lustfulness, etc. "

(Likutei Torah)





10) This site is a goldmine of insight.





11) Mystical meaning of the census - "Take a census of the entire congregation of the Children of Israel." (Numbers 1:2)


12) "Our Sages note that the giving of the Torah at Sinai required the presence of all 600,000 Jews; if just one had been missing, the Torah would not have been given."


13) " was not enough for all Jews to be present; it was necessary that the Jewish people be united in love for one another. "Israel camped there [before Mount Sinai] as one man with one mind."


14) This peace and unity is the channel for all Divine blessings, including the greatest of all -- the coming of Mashiach. "

(Peninei HaGeula)




[Reprinted with permission from L'Chaim Magazine ( http://www.lchaim.org ).]"


got to go...


Have something to add but it needs its own thread. Will end this one here.

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain. You can also read this online here.