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)
2:2 The Children of Israel shall set up their camp (so that) each man will be by his (tribe’s) banner according to the insignias of their ancestor’s household. They shall encamp at a distance and surround the Tent of Meeting.
The Medrash says that the heavens opened up to the Jewish people when they stood by Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. They saw that the heavenly beings were organized into groups and each group had unique flags or banners. Upon seeing this the Jewish people wanted to be organized in a similar manner.
The Nesivas Shalom explains the meaning of the tribal banners.
The twelve sons of Yaakov (Jacob) were very great and special individuals. Their descendants who later exited Egypt portrayed and demonstrated the individuality of their ancestors.
Just as Yaakov’s sons were all unique, so were all of their descendants. For G-D placed every person in this world to perform a unique function, to provide his or her unique contribution to a greater world.
The encampment of the Jewish people was a living lesson that it is up to each person to find his or her own mission and path within the context of the Torah and accomplish the goals that G-D set for him/her.
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