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“Parsha and Purpose” – Shelach/Korach 5780

This week’s “Parsha and Purpose” is dedicated
in memory of Milton Eisner z”l 
beloved father of David Eisner
former President of OTS’ North American Board

“Parsha and Purpose” – Shelach/Korach 5780
Rabbi Kenneth Brander’s weekly insights into the parsha 

“The five? No, the SEVEN books of the Bible”

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“The five? No, the SEVEN books of the Bible”

The Book of BaMidbar is compelling and perplexing. There are three different components: the introduction – the movement of the Jewish people towards the final stage of redemption, entering the land of Israel. Moshe tells his father-in-law, Yitro, “join us.” 

We are introduced to laws, like Pesach Sheni – the second Paschal.

And we are also introduced to a formula that the Jewish people will use to decimate their enemies. 

Vayehi binsoa haAron, vayomer Moshe. Kumu Ado’shem veyafutzu oyvecha. We’re introduced to this language that will be recited and which will help the Jewish people capture the land. And then what happens is, this language, this mantra, is placed in between two upside-down, Hebrew letter nuns; frozen – as Rashi says, it becomes like a book out of place.

In fact, the Talmud tells us that the few verses of vayehi binsoa haAronare considered its own book. That essentially, the book of Bamidbar is actually three books. One book is pre-vayehi binsoa haAron; a second book is this small unit of text, and a third book is everything that follows.

The post-vayehi binsoa haAron book is the reason why the entire piece of vayehi binsoa haAron is put inside of upside-down nuns. Primarily what happens in the parshiot of Shlach and Korach. Because in these parshiot, the Jewish people failed to understand the singular quality of various components of our life. They failed to understand the singular component of the land of Israel. They failed to understand the unique qualities of Moshe and Aharon as leaders. 

In earlier post-vayehi binsoa haAron, such as Parshat Behaalotcha, Miriam and Aharon failed to understand the relationship between Moshe and God, and the Jewish people failed to understand the importance of food as sustenance in the whole story of the quail. 

So the book of Bamidbar is essentially three sections. Section one, the movement of the Jewish people to redemption; section three, their failure to understand the unique qualities of various spiritual and physical aspects of life. And the middle section, the vayehi binsoa haAron section, that is frozen by upside-down nuns and is out of place.

We have the power to remove those upside-down nuns. We can move the text from being suspended when we recognize the unique gifts that God has given us and that we can change the world. The Jewish people has forgotten our singularly important, God-given gifts. 

Each and every one of us has our own gifts. Let’s evaluate them. Let’s decide how to use them in a purposeful fashion, and through that, we can indeed redeem ourselves, and the Jewish people, and society. 

Vayehi binsoa haaron will then be removed from being frozen in time and will become a piece of our prayers that we will be able to actualize through our practices.

Shabbat Shalom.

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shelach Lecha 5780

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Photo: Chaim Snow

Rabbi Riskin would like to clarify that he inadvertently attributed the first source to Ohr HaHayyim.
In fact, the correct source is 
Kli Yakar.
Thank you.

“You Must Love the Land” — Rabbi Shlomo Riskin on Parshat Shlach

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shlach 5777

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shelach 5776

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

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"Shabbat Shalom" – Shelach 5776

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אור תורה: שלח תשע”ו

  האקטואליות של ויכוח המרגלים לימינו הרב איתי מוריוסף המרגלים לא רק היו סתם פחדנים. הם ניתחו את המיציאות בצורה שונה. הרב איתי מוריוסף שופך אור נוסף על הפרשה שבכל שנה מעוררת אותנו למחשבה על המרגלים של ימינו מדור פרשת השבוע של אתר כיפה, י”ח סיון תשע”ו, 24/06/2016 האם חטא המרגלים היה יכול להימנע? האמת …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Shelach 5776

Parshat Shelach (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41)  Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Shelach centers on the story of the spies that Moshe sent to survey the Land of Israel, to assess the quality of its fruits, and to “size up” its inhabitants. The Torah relates how the spies return from the Promised Land with its wonderful, oversized fruit, which …

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"Parsha to the Point" – Shelach 5776

Parshat Shelach (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41)  Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Shelach centers on the story of the spies that Moshe sent to survey the Land of Israel, to assess the quality of its fruits, and to “size up” its inhabitants. The Torah relates how the spies return from the Promised Land with its wonderful, oversized fruit, which …

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