(Numbers 10:1-13:16)

(Haftara:  Jeremiah 46:13-28)

1.  [11:2] “…let a man borrow from his neighbour, and a woman borrow from her neighbour,  silver ornaments and gold ornaments.” The Israelites would not repay this “loan”. This sounds like theft. How can this be justified?

2. [11:3] “God gave the people (of Israel) charm in the eyes of Egypt; also the man Moshe was very big in the land of Egypt…” After all the difficult and terrible plagues, how could the Egyptians look positively at the Israelites?

3. [12:9] The Passover lamb was supposed to be eaten roasted and one was not allowed to break its bones. In addition to this one was supposed to eat it quickly, with one’s shoes on and a staff in one’s hand. What effect would all of these detailed commandments have on the Israelites?

4. [12:22] “…Let no man leave his house until the morning.” God did not command this to Moshe. Moshe added it himself. Why did Moshe make this up?

5. [12:24] “Keep it as a law forever”.  What makes these laws and ceremonies fit to be passed on forever through the generations.


[10:23]: “A man did not see his brother, and no-one rose from being under it (the darkness)…”

The worst darkness is when a person does not want to see his brother’s distress and does not want to help him. However, the result of this is that when a person ignores his friend’s pain, he, himself cannot move from his place—“and no-one rose from being under it…”

Chiddushei HaRim–R. Yitzchak Meir of Ger (1798(?)-1866)

This study page is dedicated to the memory of Gad Eliahu ben David and Kochava–Eli Zucker

And to the memory of Sarah Beila Kummer bat Yitzchak and Chana, Chaim Yosef Yechiel ben Eliyahu Kummer and Eliyahu and Margaret Kummer


Mizmor LeDavid meets at the Mesorati High School, 8 Beitar Street, in the auditorium. There is another minyan that meets there, we are the one further north. Accessible from Beitar, the single gate at the bottom of the semi-circle of steps, or from the north end of Efrata Street, through the gate on the right, then turn left.

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