Numbers 8:1 – 12,16; Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7
Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
Israel’s desert experience, as described throughout the book of Numbers, is a reality created by G-d in which He tends to their every need, but at the same time teaches them how to take responsibility for themselves as individuals and also as a nation. When they shy away or shirk their responsibility, G-d rebukes them. In this manner they are being prepared to enter into the land of Israel where they will assume their role in bringing the entire world closer to G-d and His Torah.