This week features:
The Book of Numbers by the Numbers
Masei: Preparing to Enter the Land: East of the Jordan, West of the Rock of Gibraltar
Have you ever lost a quarter down the gutter? You can see it down there but it’s just beyond your reach. Easy come, easy go. But if it was your wife’s golden earring, or, G-d forbid, her wedding band, you would be beside yourself. Imagine how the High Priest felt when he realized that one of the seventy two golden bells which lined the hem of his techelet blue tunic just dropped off and fell into the City of David sewer system. Did he receive a stern reprimand from his wife? Did he engage in somber soul searching? We can never know for sure, but one thing is for certain: Losers weepers, finders keepers. The recently discovered golden bell, which might have once belonged to a 1st century CE High Priest, is now ours for the keeping! Is this historic find a tap on the shoulder from the Almighty? Here in the middle of the three weeks of mourning for the loss of the Holy Temple, is G-d using this bell to wake us up from our two thousand year slumber? Is it time to rebuild the Holy Temple?
The book of Numbers draws to a close, and with it our forty two desert sojourns. Are we ready to enter the land? Are we ready to transpose the Torah society of the wilderness to the soil of the land of Israel? This is the purpose of Torah and the fulfillment of Israel’s mission in the world.