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.
Rashbam’s comments often borrow language from other parts of the Tanakh, weaving together different parts of the tradition. Does he have a favorite pasuk?