This Week’s Torah Portion Is Bamidbar

We’re beginning the book of Numbers this Sabbath.

Steve Brizel writes for Hirhurim:

The Themes of Sefer Bamidbar

  • R. Berel Wein reminds us that one of the key elements of Bamidar is how people, their attitudes and actions played a huge role in setting the future of Jewish history: link
  • The Netziv, as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass, illustrates how the two countings of the Jewish People are two of the main themes of Bamidbar: link
  • R. Jonathan Sacks and R. Zev Leff explain the importance of the Jewish People receiving the Torah in the desert before they entered the Land of Israel: link 1, link 2
  • R. Shlomo Wolbe zt"l urges us to see Hashgacha Pratis as the key theme of Sefer Bamidbar: link (RTF)
  • R. Elchanan Samet presents different views on the censuses taken of the Jewish People: link
  • R. Shlomo Riskin reminds us that the Torah serves to sanctify the desert of our exiles throughout Jewish history: link
  • Click here to read moreThe Role of Shevet Levi

  • R. Ephraim Buchwald and R. Yissocher Frand explore the unique role of the Leviim: link 1, link 2
  • Yerushah and Rabbanus

  • R. Dovid Gottlieb explores whether rabbinical positions may be inherited: link (audio)
  • Yom Yerushalayim

  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein explains why Yerushalayim is the seat of sanctity and royalty: link
  • R. Yechezkel Yakovson urges us to remember the relationship between Yerushalayim and the Mikdash: link
  • R. Michael Rosensweig reminds us why Yerushalayim is the center of the Jewish People: link (audio)
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky reviews many Halachos relating to the status of Arei Yehudah Bechurbanah uBinyanah: link (audio)
  • R. Asher Brander emphasizes that we must remember that the Shechinah never left the Kotel: link
  • R. Daniel Stein (Hatzlacha Rabbah upon your move to Passaic) discusses tearing Kriyah when visiting the Har HaBayis and walking on Har HaBayis: link 1, link 2 (audio)
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