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Grace in the wilderness: Parashat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/grace_in_the_wilderness_parashat_bamidbar_numbers_11_420

The book of Bamidbar, literally “in the desert” or “in the wilderness,” is a hard book to read. Over and over, plagues break out and thousands are killed. The reason, we are told, is a pronounced lack of faith in God. I found the repeated spilling of Israelite blood difficult, to say the least, until Bible scholar Adriane Leveen put it into mythic perspective for me.

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