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.
Beha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16)
Parashat Beha’alotcha is read on Shabbat:
Sivan 19, 5772/June 9, 2012