“When Moses went into the Tent of Meeting”
By: Dr. Gilad Sasson

At the end of Parashat Naso, the inauguration of the Tabernacle and the altar having been completed, we read:  “When Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with Him, he would hear the Voice addressing him from above the cover that was on top of the Ark of the Pact between the two cherubim; thus He spoke to him”” (Num. 7:89). Full Article>>

Matan Torah
By: Benjamin Salant
The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai holds a central place in the Pentateuch.  Mount Sinai is mentioned as a place of divine revelation, the place where the covenant was made and the Decalogue delivered (Ex. 19).  Hence one wonders that there is so little mention of this important happening in the Bible, outside of the Pentateuch.  Until the time of Ezra and Nehemiah it is not mentioned at all.  Full Article>>
The Attitude towards the Nazir
By: Itamar Wahrhaftig
Is being a Nazir viewed in a positive or negative light?  Here we present several approaches to this well-known question.
Viewed favorably: 
On one hand, there is evidence of a positive attitude towards Nazirs.  The Torah begins this week's reading with the words, "If anyone, man or woman, does the extraordinary thing (Heb. Ki yafli) of uttering a Nazir's vow, to set himself apart for the Lord" (Num. 6:2).  Simply put, taking on limitations for the sake of G-d beyond those required by law elevates a person. Full Article >>
Sotah—on Marital Relations and Trust
By: Yael Zohar
The object of the passage on sotah, the wayward wife (Num. 5:11-31)
The passage on sotah, the wife who is suspected of having gone astray, deals with marital relations that have gone bad.  It begins by ostensibly noting the wife's sin:  "If any man's wife has gone astray…in that a man has had carnal relations with her" (Num. 5:12-13), but by the very next verse it becomes clear that there is no certainty the woman has indeed gone astray.  We turn out to be dealing with a crisis of trust. Full Article >>

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