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 Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying... ” (Numbers 1:1). Even before the content of God’s words is conveyed, this exposition provides an immense amount of...
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