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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Bamidbar 2016

Bamidbar: The Transformation of Identity

This week’s reading opens the Book of Numbers. Both the book and the first portion are known by the name Bamidbar, which means “in the wilderness”. It opens with a census: YHVH spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman| Bamidbar

Bamidbar: Holy Schlepping

With this week, we begin the Book of Numbers, known in Hebrew as Bamidbar/In the Wilderness. The first portion focuses on instructions for the forty-year wilderness journey. A census is taken and each tribe is assigned a specific location relative to the Mishkan/portable sanctuary where they are to camp, and they are travel in the same formation. […]

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