The taste of Shabbat – Parshat Masei 5776

The taste of Shabbat – Parshat Masei 5776

Rav Mordechai Elon

The Book of Bamidbar, the book of our journeys in the desert, reaches its end. This week's parsha is a summary of the journeys made over the forty years of wandering in the desert. It is interesting  to note that this parsha is always read within the Three weeks. It describes in great detail the journeys and camps  from Ramses in  Egypt to the plains of Moab to the Jordan near Jericho. The wording is  laconic, almost without 'interruptions' or additions .

Who  came out of Egypt ?!

The parsha  opens with the list of camps without  mentioning hardly  anything about what happened in between. Rashi opens the parsha  with a  classic question  asked by  most of the commentators:

Why are the journeys listed here ?

Why does the  Torah attribute importance to each name of every place and every journey, including places we do not have any information about? Is this a short transcript of our people's history of forty years in the wilderness? Many answers have been given to this question. We would like to answer it via  two more questions

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