Parashat Masei - The Code of Israel's Travels
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א אב התשעט02.08.2019
When reading the Torah, we are accustomed to carefully-measured formulations, in which each word is meticulously chosen and can be understood in many ways. This is why the list of every single journey and encampment of Bnei Yisrael in the desert raises such puzzling questions: What value and what message do we learn from the dry listing of place names? What are we to learn from verses such as "And they left Yam Suf and camped in Midbar Sin; and they left Midbar Sin and camped in Dofkah" (Bamidbar 33,11-12) and the like?