The Israelites move towards the Promised Land, traveling through other kingdoms. They promise not to take any water – confounding later French commentators.
The Israelites constantly complain in the wilderness. In the aftermath of Korach’s rebellion, the people complain yet again. Rashbam explains their reason.
Numbers 15:22-25 describe the ritual atonement for accidental transgression of kol hamitzvot. Can it really be a ritual only for breaking every single rule?
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.