Moran writes, "It is interesting to note that some of the men leading the rebellion alongside Korah were the descendants of Reuben. Recall that Reuben was the oldest of Jacob’s sons, which meant that people looked up to him and revered him as the first-born."
Moran writes, "This week’s scripture portion is quite well known, but has some unfortunate mistranslations in the English versions."
Moran writes, "In this week’s parasha, we find the Children of Israel complaining of their situation in the wilderness. Numbers 11 opens with a description of the state of mind of the people of Israel, which was selfishness..."
Moran writes, "This week’s reading introduces us to a sometimes-difficult concept to understand in the Tanakh (Hebrew scriptures), which is “clean versus unclean”. The Lord instructs the Children of Israel to send away those who were unclean from the camp..."
Moran writes, "This may seem harsh from our human perspective, but this reveals something crucial about God’s character. There was only one way to do things and that is God’s way..."
Moran writes, "In these specific scriptures, God commands that the Land should have a sabbath rest. Why would God command a sabbath rest, not just for men, but also for the Land?"
Moran writes, "When we read these verses within the context of the chapters preceding them, we can understand that the foundation of these appointed times is God’s holiness."
Moran writes, "During this week, let’s reflect on the way we treat those who are different than us, those who we may consider as “foreigners” in the land, and then do something to show them that they are loved and cared for."
Moran writes, "God gave us the tools we need to be holy, just as He is holy! God delivered Israel from the land of Egypt (slavery) so that they would be a people set apart unto Him, for His glory."
Moran writes, "Where are you today? Is there anything in your life that is keeping you from being holy and set apart to the Lord? Are you offering a “foreign fire” to the Lord that could separate you from Him?"