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Shiur #1: Sota and Nazir: Why are They 'Out of Place?'
Shiur #2: Sefer Bamidbar and Tehillim 78
Sota and Nazir: Why are They 'Out of Place?'
Parshat Naso contains what appears to be a very strange
progression of parshiot. After all, what logical connection
exists between the duties of the Leviim, the laws of "korban chatat" and "sotah,"
the laws of "nazir" and "birkat kohanim," and
the dedication ceremony of the Mishkan?
To your surprise, this week's shiur will not explain why they
are indeed connected. Instead, we will do exactly the opposite -
we will explain why these parshiot do not follow in logical
To understand why, we must consider the 'nuts & bolts' of
Sefer Bamidbar. That means that we will analyze the sefer (as
usual) in search of its unifying theme. While doing so, we will
uncover a rather fascinating pattern - unique to Sefer Bamidbar.
A pattern that explains why many of its 'pieces' just don't seem
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Sefer Bamidbar and Tehillim 78
Our study of Sefer Bamidbar shows how God's high
hopes for the generation of "dor ha'midbar" are
shattered by the tragic events of the "mitaavim" and the
"meraglim," etc. What went wrong? Why was "dor
ha'midbar" a failure? In Sefer Tehillim (chapter 78) we find an
explanation of the underlying reason for Bnei Yisrael's sinful
behavior, an interpretation which takes on additional significance
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