Forethoughts and Afterthoughts.
Commentary on the weekly Torah reading.
In memory of Father, Yosef Ben Zelig.
March 25th 1911 - May 2nd 2008
In memory of Mother, Nechama Bas Tzvi Hirsh.
June 9th 1925 - April 16th 2003
In memory of Uncle, Moshe Binyamin Ben Tzvi Hirsh.
December 12 1929 - February 2nd 2010
In Loving Memory of Moreinu Horav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rosh HaYeshiva Ner Yisroel
Chukas (Numbers 19-22)
Bamidbar (Numbers 1-4)
This Torah reading always proceeds the holiday of Shavuos. It is thus one of the anchor points for the yearly reading cycle.
It is very likely that something within this reading helps prepare us to properly celebrate the holiday of our receiving the Torah.
What could it be?
The following came to mind.
The census of our Torah reading was done by counting the coins that each person gave,
Everyone gave equally, everyone was counted equally.
A nation is a collection of people.
In some ways, the people of a nation differ by certain qualities and are treated accordingly. In other ways, everyone has equal consideration.
The Torah was given to the Jewish people as a nation.
Given the vast knowledge and complexity that is in the Torah, it is easy to fall into the notion that the Torah belongs only to those who are blessed with scholastic capability. Indeed, the more capable a person is, the more is his responsibility to be personally involved in preserving our knowledge base.
But while not everybody has an equal share of this type of responsibility, in some ways everyone has an equal share to the Torah, an equal connection.
Have a wonderful and joyful Shavuos.
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