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?
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 moment of the Exodus arrives. And the Israelites are unprepared. Rashi, Rashbam, and Yosef Bechor Shor have different messages for us.
Rashbam on Exodus 1:7. Its prolific use of terms to describe the Israelite population growth in Egypt teaches that every step matters on the way to success.
Vayechi, alone of all weekly portions, begins with no spacing from the previous portion. Rashbam has a novel interpretation.