Sunday, May 20, 2007


B'midbar Blogging

The readings from Torah during festivals naturally correspond somehow to the festival at hand. On some weeks, the Prophetic reading even corresponds to the season rather than the cycle of Torah readings. However, the cycle of Torah readings, except for renewing itself right after the High Holidays in the fall, allowing us to celebrate the New Year, the harvest and the renewal of Torah in the same season, is not designed to necessarily correspond to the calendar in a meaningful way.

And yet, in the Book of Numbers, it does. E.g., in the summer months, whilst we complain about the heat, we read of the Israelites complaining about their sojourn in desert wilderness. And we begin reading the Book of Numbers the Shabbos before Shavuos, the significance of which the Etz Chaim Chumash goes into in some detail. Do read it, if you have a chance.

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