Seemingly out of nowhere, Miriam and Aaron gossip critically about Moses. They say, “He married a Cushite woman!” (Numbers 12:1). But what does that mean?
Sefer Bamidbar begins with a description of the tribal encampments, each tribe with a standard. Ibn Ezra connects the tribal images with a mystical vision.
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.
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?