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Preview: Rashi claims that Datan and Aviram where the men who collected excess mann earlier in the Torah. What is motivating this claim? A series of pointed textual parallels, it seems – and deep insight into the nature of envy.
Preview: “And I prayed to God at that time”: when, exactly, did this prayer occur? If you trace the chronology carefully, you’ll come to a startling conclusion: Moshe’s prayer coincided with Bilaam’s! There are indeed some remarkable parallels between their prayers – and a profound message underlying their connection.
Preview: Commentary on assorted observations, including: (1) the delay and/or distinction, throughout Tanach, between divine “remembrance” and divine communication/action; (2) possible double entendre (or really, two double entendres) in the phrase “מה לך הגר, אל תיראי;” (3) parallels between Avraham hosting guests, at the beginning of the parshah, and Avraham binding Yitzchak, at the end.
Preview: Why do we need two covenants in this week’s parshah: the Covenant of the Parts and also the Covenant of Circumcision? Comparing them side by side reveals a slew of pointed similarities – but also some revealing differences…