Bamidbar - Life’s Journey: The Book of Numbers starts with a census, in essence an accounting of each solitary person in the people Israel. This group of individuals becomes something more, something unified at Mt Sinai, that place you find in the
the wilderness (which is where you are when you are a solitary person, someone “alone”) and brings that people together into a relationship of love - God’s love and their love for each other as a people. From their they build a house and find a home - the Tabernacle and ultimately the Land of Israel. There are many failures and challenges along the way but in the end, held together by that experience at Sinai and the giving of the Torah, they are able to go forward and face it all.
As we read the start of Numbers and then move into Shavuot, the holiday of giving of the Torah, we have the chance to relive and recommit to our part in this story that mirrors and guides our lives’ stories, where we struggle to find relationships and make our homes - whatever they may look like - but like our ancestors, we will be strengthened and guided by our commitment to Torah.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!