Numeri 1:1 – 4,20; Haftara: Hosea 2:1 – 22
Abstract of the Commentary by Michael Schneider,
israel today, Jerusalem
The fourth book of Mose, of the Torah, describes the 40 years of the wandering of the SECOND generation, who were born in the desert and did not know personally Egypt. Only they were to enter the Promise Land – except Josua and Caleb. Josua and Caleb were LIVING BY FAITH and NOT BY SIGHT! They trusted the LORD despite of fearing the giant – what there eyes also saw. That’s what God is expecting from us too, Living by Faith and not by sight! Like little David with just a sling overcomes the giant Goliath.
Another thing about the desert-generation: they can be compared to children of parents that experienced the salvation from the world (Egypt today). Now God teaches them how to walk while He is the Way. The goal is the same but the way is sometimes different.
In few days the Jewish people will celebrate the feast of weeks, Shavuot (find Greeting Card here>>) in remembrance of Giving of the Law at the Mt. Sinai.
Schabbat Schalom and Hag Shavuot Sameach
This week’s video commentary on this Shabbat Bamidbar is held by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Insitute, Jerusalem:
In the desert each of the Israelite tribes was assigned a flag. What was the significance of the flags? What made them so important to G-d? What makes them so important to us today?