Numbers

The Torah reflections below are listed in order of bible reference, and grouped according to the divisions of the Jewish calendar of readings.

Parashat Bamidbar | Numbers 1:1 - 4:20

  • Num 1:2. Take a census | Click here & here
  • Num 4:1-20. Dismantling the tabernacle | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Hosea 2:1-22

Parashat Naso | Numbers 4:21 - 7:89

  • Num 6:22-27. Aaron's Blessing | Click here & here
  • Num 7. A lesson for leaders | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Judges 13:2-25

Parashat Beha'alotkha | Numbers 8:1 - 12:16

  • Num 11. Rebellion in the wilderness | Click here & here
  • Num 11:16-30. God of surprises | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Zechariah 2:14-4:7

Parashat Shelah Lekha | Numbers 13:1 - 15:41

  • Num 13:1-14:45. What was Spies' sin? | Click here & here
  • Num 13-14. Step by step to tragedy | Click here & here
  • Num 14:1-25. Chosen people | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Joshua 2:1-24

Parashat Korah | Numbers 16:1 - 18:32

  • Num 16. Argue for the sake of heaven | Click here & here
  • Num 16:1-35. A wise wife intervenes | Click here & here
  • Num 16:1-17:15. A complex crisis | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22

Parashat Chukkat | Numbers 19:1 - 22:1

  • Num 20:1. When Miriam died | Click here & here
  • Num 20:1-13. Why was Moses excluded? | Click here & here
  •  Num 21:4-9. The bronze serpent | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Judges 11:1-33

Parashat Balak | Numbers 22:2 - 25:9

  • Num 22. Balaam's talking donkey | Click here & here
  • Num 23-24. Balaam: prophet or sorcerer? | Click here & here
  • Num 23:1-24:13. Balaam's futile curses | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Micah 5:6-6:8

Parashat Pinchas | Numbers 25:10 - 30:1

  • Num 27:1-11. Five sisters | Click here & here
  • Num 27:12-14. Moses: holy and flawed | Click here & here
  • Num 27:12-23. Moses prepares to die |Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: 1 Kings 18:46-19:21

Parashat Matot | Numbers 30:2 - 32:42

  • Num 31:1-18. A disturbing scene | Click here & here
  • Num 32. One last hurdle | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3

Parashat Masei | Numbers 33:1 - 36:13

  • Num 33. The marches of the Israelites | Click here & here
  • Num 33:1-49. A journey to remember | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4