Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 B’midbar I

In Numbers on May 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

Sweet bride, gentle wife
Why look? Why covet? Why stray?
To what isn’t there?

Why go through the count? Is this why we are supposed to be good businessmen? Because our history is accounting?

Why does v.1-19 of the parsha feel like a palindrome?

Why are the Levites excluded from the list here? It mentions later that they are to care for the Tabernacle. Why not mention this now? Is this reward? Or punishment?

How do we know the tribes responded truthfully to the count? Parents go to lengths for their sons. Is this why the word “mee-ben” in “from twenty years upwards” incorporates the word “children”?

Are the names of the tribes “tender words spoken in the wilderness”?

Why pair a prophetic reading about peace with a parsha about the draft?

Would you call this calculating a strong start or a weak start to what’s to come?


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