Rashbam, not usually one to incorporate midrash into his Torah commentary, makes an exception in Behaalotcha. From Prince of Peshat to Master of Midrash.
Parshat Naso begins with the word for “lift”. The Hebrew root recurs in surpising ways throughout the chapters, leaving clues for a spiritual journey.
The twelve tribes are arrayed around the Mishkan. Each group has its own flags, with otot to distinguish them. What does otot mean?
In the list of curse in parshat Bechukotai, a phrase stands out: If you’re still walking with God keri…more consequences will come. What does keri mean?
Parshat Behar begins with a reference to the particular laws of Shemittah being given at Mount Sinai. Rashi says all law comes from Sinai. Rashbam says no.