The Power of the Midbar

As we enter the fourth book of our חמשה חומשי תורה – Five books of the Torah – this week, God calls out to Moshe in the מדבר with the command to take a census. It is for this reason that Chazal refer to this book as חומש הפקודים (the Book of Counting), while it […]

Actions and the Victims that Define Them

At the end of this week’s parsha, a blasphemer is heard, caught and brought to Moshe; ignorant as to the proper punishment, Moshe places the transgressor in jail until God responds to his judiciary query. The sentence: death by stoning. But, strangely, along with the specific response concerning the blasphemer, God adds in some additional […]