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Category: Sefer Bamidbar

Truth AND Peace

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on June 17, 2015

Parashat Korach is not just about rebels; it also affords us a look at different models of leadership. Both Moshe and Aharon are attacked. The latter remains markedly silent during the confrontation while Moshe defends both his position and his brother’s.…

A Leadership of Faith, Not Fear

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on June 11, 2015

Parashat Shelach is as much a story of leaders as of the people. It is a story of leaders both poor and good. The poor leaders-ten of the twelve spies-saw the challenges that confronted them in the land of Canaan and ran: “We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we” (Bamidbar, 13:31).…

Giving Torah Meaning

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on June 4, 2015

After the camps are arranged around the Mishkan in Parashiyot Bamidbar and Nasso, the camp moves forward, beginning its trek through the desert in Parashat Behaalotecha. At the onset of the journey, two verses are set off from the rest of the text: “va’yehi binsoa ha’aron,” “And it was when the Ark would journey…,” and “u’vinukho yomar,” “And when it rested, he said…” (Bamidbar, 10:35-36). These two verses, which we repeat every time we take and return the Torah to and from the aron in shul, are set off from the Torah by two inverted Hebrew letters, two nuns.…

Selfish and Selfless Kedusha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 28, 2015

The book of Bamidbar begins with the organizing of the Israelite camp with the mishkan at its center. In Parashat Naso, the Torah now turns to what it means to be outside the mishkan, to be in the camp, and to continue to orient oneself to God’s presence.…

Setting Up to Move Out

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 21, 2015

Prepared for publication from remarks made at the 2015 YCT Annual Tribute Dinner in honor of Sharon and Steven Lieberman. Many people today would be happy to set up camp at the foot of Har Sinai permanently. Just think about what it was like: We had received all the mitzvot; the Mishkan was built; the sacrifices were being offered on a regular basis; and the camp’s boundaries had been delineated, and it was protected.…

You and Your Shulkhan Arukh Are Going to Treif Up My Kitchen!

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 17, 2014

A story is told that when Rav Soloveitchik’s wife Tonya, z”l, was hospitalized due to an illness, he and Haym had the run of the house. Following the technical laws of kashrut, they proceeded to eat cold milkhig food on fleishig dishes.…

A Thought on the Parasha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 2, 2014

“Whoever has… an ayin tova, a good eye… is a student of Avraham; whoever has an ayin ra’ah, a bad eye… is a student of Balaam,” the Rabbis tell us in Pirkei Avot (5:22).  Avraham sees well, whereas Balaam sees poorly.…

A Thought on the Parasha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on June 12, 2014

The parasha of tzitzit which closes parashat Shelach seems decidedly out of place. However, there are two key words which tie it back to the beginning of the parasha: lirot, to see, and la’tur, to spy out, or to seek. The purpose of tzitzit we are told is u’ri’item oto, and you shall see them, and you will remember all the mitzvot of God and do them, v’lo ta’turu acharei li’vavkhem vi’acharei eineikhem, that you should not seek, taturu, after your hearts and your eyes.…

A Thought on the Parasha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 23, 2014

Feel free to download and print the Parasha sheet and share it with your friends and family: Click here: Parashat Bamidbar In parashat Bamidbar, the Torah tells us just how to construct a community that has God and Torah at its center. God’s command, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst” (Shemot 25:8) – is now given true shape as the Children of Israel depart from the Mount Sinai and begin to move and settle as a camp, as a community.…

A Thought on the Parsha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 23, 2013

After the arranging of the camps around the Mishkan, in parashat Bamidbar and Nasso, our parasha, parashat Biha’alotkha, sees the camp moving forward and the beginning of the trek through the desert.   At the opening of this trek, two verses are set off from the rest of the text – va’yehi binsoa ha’aron, “And it was when the Ark would journey…”, u’vinukho yomar, “And when it rested, he said…” (Bamidbar 10:35-36).  These two verses, which we repeat every time we take and return the Torah to and from the aron in shul, are set off from the Torah by two inverted letter-nuns.  Hazal had a number of explanations for this, but the most intriguing is no doubt that of Rebbe who said that it is separate book of the Torah (Shabbat 116a).…

A Thought on the Parsha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 10, 2013

Feel free to download and print this week’s Parsha Sheet and share it with your friends and family: Click here:  Parshat Bamidbar   This week, when we move from sefer Vayikra to sefer Bamidbar, we are finally moving away from Har Sinai, where Bnei Yisrael have been encamped for almost a year.…

A New Leadership?  Yes We Can!

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 13, 2012

The Israelites have been wandering through the Wilderness for forty years and they are now on the cusp of entering into the Land of Canaan. Things will be different now. There will no longer be the cloud of God to lead them during the day and the pillar of fire to lead them at night.…