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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: On the relationship between three stories (mann-collecter, wood-gatherer, blasphemer) and three laws (Shabbat, challah, lechem ha-panim) – and how the theme of “redistributive justice” may be the key to understanding their literary connection.
Preview: There’s a strange midrash about the nesi’im underestimating how much b’nei Yisrael would donate to the mishkan. To understand it, we must look to the last episode where the nesi’im appeared: in the story of the mann, where they criticized the nation for gathering to excess.