Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Parshat Bamidbar, 3rd Portion (Numbers 2:1-2:34), May 20, 2014

Much organization of the camps. There are four divisions: Ephraim, Reuben, Judah, and Dan. Each of the divisions have three tribes. In the center, around the Tabernacle, should be the Levites who will not be counted.

Perhaps counting soldiers is a system to account for whether they all survive. The Levites are close to home, so to speak, so they will notice if someone disappears. Counting is not necessary.

I still marvel at the thought that the Torah is a religious book. What is religious about describing where people are going to be camped? Why are each tribe in an area with their families? Are families the highest value?

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting. One cannot study the Torah alone.