The word “mussar” appears only once in that form in the Torah. What does it mean in context? How does that connect to the later meaning of mussar?
Keeping is key in Deuteronomy 7:9. God “keeps the covenant” when the Israelites “keep the mitzvot.” Rashbam’s has a twist on what God’s keeping means.
Rashbam. Andrew of St. Victor. Two medieval French scholars, devoted to the plain-sense contextual interpretation of the Bible. One Jewish, one Christian.
As Numbers winds its way to a close, a war breaks out against Midian. According to midrash, Moses drafts 12,000 to fight and 12,000 to pray – in proximity.
Numbers 35 describes the cities of refuge. Accidental killers find safety there, but also a prison – they must remain there until the high priest dies.