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.

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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...