Bamidbar (Audio Portion)
It’s time for censuses in the desert…and if those two things sound boring to you separately,trust me they are anything but when put together. The census is far from a casual matter of facts and statistics; it is literally a matter of life and death, prosperity or disaster because, as David will himself find out later, counting in a way that Father Yah forbids is an extremely dangerous proposition. It’s also about money, property and when to upend the normal rules of inheritance as we begin to inch towards the greatest threat to Moshe’s life that the Torah ever gives us, because when the books are “cooked”, rebellion follows! See the connections for yourself.Please also note, like last week, I expanded the Study Notes to better clarify some of the intricacies of this parsha, so please check them out on pages 1-3 and, as always, if it sounds like my notes in that section say one thing and I say something a bit different, go with the Study Notes version! Todah (thank you)!