Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 25, 2011

Masii – Journeys

This week’s Torah reading is Masii – Journeys, the last Parsha in the 4th Book of the Torah, called Bamidbar – In the Desert.  This specific Parsha deals with the 42 journeys the Jewish people experienced prior to entering the land of Israel.  We have once mentioned ( in the Parsh of Bamidbar ) that in the Shema Yisroel we read “Videbarta Bum”, (You should speak in them).  Our sages tell us that the word “Bum”, which are made up of two Hebrew letters, Beis and Mem, stand for the Written and Oral Law.  A Jew should be involved in speaking about the Written and Oral teachings of the Torah.  The Beis is the first letter in the Hebrew word Breishis, (In the Beginning – which the Written Torah begins with) and Mem in the first letter the Mishnah (Oral Torah) begins with, “Mai-aimasi” (From when – does a person recite the evening Shema?)

If we look closely at the word for “in the desert” Bamidbar, we will truly see the clue for surviving in a desert and also the key to Jewish survival in general.  The first two Hebrew letters are Beis and Mem in the Hebrew word Bamidbar.  This leaves us with the remaining three Hebrew letters, Dalut, Beis and Reish which spell Debear – speak.  If you wish to survive in a desert, Debear – speak Bum – the Written and Oral Torah.

If we further examine the Hebrew word Bum, the Beis is the 2nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet and represents the number 2.  The Mem represents the number 40.  This is a total of 42, corresponding to the number of journeys the Jewish people experienced in the desert (Bamidbar).

Again, the 4th book concludes the way it began, with the Parsha of Masi, telling us our journeys of survival in exile depend on Bum -the study of the Written and Oral Torah


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