Parashat Bamidbar ‘He Hath Not Dealt So With Any Nation’

In such a generation, when God seems to be ignoring Israel’s dire plight, and when the Jewish nation has been stripped of its rights – the sages interpret the opening verse of the Book of Numbers as a legal document, a ketubah.

The opening verse of the Book of Numbers is a normative exposition: “And the Lord spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of...