By Rabbi Jesse Horn
The midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah, 23:2) compares Bnei Yisrael’s (the Jewish Nation’s) travels to a prince, who, after suffering through an illness and a long period of recovery, accompanies his father, the king, on a journey through all the places where the prince felt ill.
Eli Lipschitz, Former Shaliach in Washington, Program Director at Israel Experience
In a classic scene from an old Monty Python film a charismatic leader stands in front of a mob of people and shouts out to them ‘Repeat after me – YOU ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS’, the entire mob repeats in unison ‘we are all individuals’.
BAMIDBAR begins with the decree that Israel take a national census. Many of history’s great Torah luminaries explain the entire purpose of this count to have been for the organization of a military force that would liberate the Land of Israel from foreign rule.
Rabbi Eitan Grossman, Torah Mitzion – Sefer Bamidbar in English is called “The Book of Numbers” and there is a good reason for this. We see throughout the entire book that there are many numbers.