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Were the Mitzvos given because of counting of Bnei Yisrael in Bamidbar?

I was reading a Dvar Torah by a prominent Rosh Yeshiva where he stated that Chazal say that the connection between the end of Sefer Vayikra: אלה המצות אשר צוה יהוה את־משה אל־בני ישראל בהר סיני These ...
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Why Is A Parasha Named after Korach?

Proverbs 10:7 states, "The name of the wicked shall rot." In the Talmud (Yoma 38b) Rabbi Elazar comments on this by saying, "It means that decay will spread on their names, meaning that ...
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Sotah 34a se’a as unit of weight?

In Sotah 34a, the weight of the stones at the Jordan from Joshua 4:3 is given as “about forty se’a.” Some (for instance Steinsaltz) use this in the discussion of the cluster of grapes brought back by ...
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How old was the oldest man entering the Land of Israel (other than Yehoshua and Calev) according to both Torah and Tradition?

We know (Bemidbar 32:11) that the decree to die in the wilderness applied to all men twenty years old or older (other than Yehoshua or Calev): אִם־יִרְא֨וּ הָאֲנָשִׁ֜ים הָעֹלִ֣ים מִמִּצְרַ֗יִם ...
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Numbers 1 gives a total of 603550, but the real total is 563,050

I have done some digging and I cannot seem to find anywhere where people try to explain this apparent discrepancy. Numbers 1 says the total number of Israelites were 603,550. However, if you add up ...
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Where is Gehenom located?

Where is Gehenom located? After Korach and his followers got swallowed up by the Earth, they fell right outside the gates of Gehenom, and are (presumably) till this day yelling משה אמת ותורתו אמת (...
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Why does it say “of Puvah, the clan of the Punites“?

In Bamidbar (26:23): בְּנֵ֤י יִשָּׂשכָר֙ לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָ֔ם תּוֹלָ֕ע מִשְׁפַּ֖חַת הַתּוֹלָעִ֑י לְפֻוָ֕ה מִשְׁפַּ֖חַת הַפּוּנִֽי׃ Descendants of Issachar by their clans: [Of] Tola, the clan of the ...
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How many did Moshe/Aharon have on their side?

Korach had "250" on his side. How many did Moshe/Aharon have on their side? What do the rabbis say?
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Onan son of Judah brother of Er reincarnated in Numbers?

I finally got to Number chapter 26 and read this: בְּנֵי יְהוּדָה עֵר וְאוֹנָן וַיָּמָת עֵר וְאוֹנָן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן׃ Born to Judah: Er and Onan. Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. Then I ...
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The number 8 does not appear in the numbering of the tribes in Bamidbar except for the census of Kehos and the total of Leviim. Why not?

Is there any significance in the absence of the number 8 in the individual census of the 12 tribes taken in Chapter 1 of Bamidbar? Reuben: 46,500 Simeon: 59,300 Gad: 45,650 Judah: 74,600 ...
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What did the ancient rabbis teach about the “new minchah” (Leviticus 23:16 and Numbers 28:26)?

What did the ancient rabbis teach about the "new minchah" (Leviticus 23:16 and Numbers 28:26)? In shul, the discussion was about counting the omer. And then a mention of the "new minchah", with ...
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Korach never speaks independently, why?

A plain reading of Bamidbar chapter 16 suggests that Korach was basically silent in the whole "episode of Korach". However, Chazal and the midrash explain, at length, about Korach's ...
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Timeline of the events in the midbar

I'm looking for a timeline that explains when the events in the midbar (or sefer Bamidbar) happened or at least in what order they happened in. E.g. The story of Miriam, the spies, Korach, the giving ...
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Why couldn't the men's Man taste like watermelon?

The verse says in Parshas Beahaloscha (Numbers 11:5): זָכַ֙רְנוּ֙ אֶת־הַדָּגָ֔ה אֲשֶׁר־נֹאכַ֥ל בְּמִצְרַ֖יִם חִנָּ֑ם אֵ֣ת הַקִּשֻּׁאִ֗ים וְאֵת֙ הָֽאֲבַטִּחִ֔ים וְאֶת־הֶחָצִ֥יר וְאֶת־הַבְּצָלִ֖ים ...
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What was the material used to write the curses for the Sotah on?

וְ֠כָתַב אֶת־הָאָלֹ֥ת הָאֵ֛לֶּה הַכֹּהֵ֖ן בַּסֵּ֑פֶר וּמָחָ֖ה אֶל־מֵ֥י הַמָּרִֽים׃ The priest shall put these curses down in writing and rub it off into the water of bitterness. (Bamidbar 5:23) I ...
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How should I understand Rabbeinu Bachya on Numbers 25:13?

ויכפר על בני ישראל, “he obtained atonement for the Children of Israel.” This verse teaches that he who spills the blood of the wicked is considered as if he had offered a sacrifice. The idea is ...
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Why is this as it is (number of men twenty years old and over who were subject to military service, as censused in the Sinai Desert )? [duplicate]

It is written in Parashah 34: B’midbar (In the desert) 1:1–4:20: "20 The men twenty years old and over who were subject to military service were recorded by name, family and clan, starting with the ...
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Why is the term meilah used by a sotah?

The pasuk that speaks about a Sotah being unfaithful says that she committed meilah against her husband (bamidbar 5:12). I am only familiar with that term being used in connection with stealing or ...
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Interpretation of Numbers 11.5 in Midrash Rabba

I recently read that following verse in Numbers 11.5, 'Bamidbar': "We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt free of charge, the cucumbers, the watermelons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic" (...
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Why don't Korach and his followers ask if an all Techeiles Beged is Patur from Techeiles?

רש"י במדבר ט"ז:א' ד"ה דתן ואבירם. ... מֶה עָשָׂה? עָמַד וְכָנַס ר"נ רָאשֵׁי סַנְהֶדְרָאוֹת — ... וְהִלְבִּישָׁן טַלִּיתוֹת שֶׁכֻּלָּן תְּכֵלֶת, בָּאוּ וְעָמְדוּ לִפְנֵי מֹשֶׁה, אָמְרוּ לוֹ טַלִּית ...
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What is the punishment before Vayehi Bineso'ah Ha'aron?

Rashi on Bamidbar 10:35 writes based on Shabbos 116a that Vayehi Bineso'ah Ha'aron is moved out of its proper place is to separate between two punishments. ויהי בנסע הארן" - עשה לו סמניות מלפניו ...
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In Bamidbar 11:5 why does it use the word נֹאכַ֥ל which is typically future tense?

In Bamidbar 11:5 it says: זָכַ֙רְנוּ֙ אֶת־הַדָּגָ֔ה אֲשֶׁר־נֹאכַ֥ל בְּמִצְרַ֖יִם חִנָּ֑ם אֵ֣ת הַקִּשֻּׁאִ֗ים וְאֵת֙ הָֽאֲבַטִּחִ֔ים וְאֶת־הֶחָצִ֥יר וְאֶת־הַבְּצָלִ֖ים וְאֶת־הַשּׁוּמִֽים׃ We remember ...
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Chashmona - The 25th stop

I have noticed in BaMidbor 33:29 that the 25th stop that the Bnei Yisroel made in the Midbor according to Sidra Mas'ei was called Chashmonah. Chanukah starts on the 25th Kislev and (besides other ...
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Why did Miriam become leprous?

http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0412.htm And when the cloud was removed from over the Tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow; and Aaron looked upon Miriam; and, behold, she was leprous....
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How could Zimri be Shelumiel?

After mulling over this question for a bit, I realized that there's a big problem with that Gemara quoted there. Shelumiel is listed back in Bamidbar 1, before the sin of the Meraglim. By the time the ...
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Why is Parshas HaSotah in Bamidbar?

Rashi writes that the reason Parshas HaNazir follows Sotah is because the future Nazir will see how wine led to the Sotah case and will now take an oath of Nazirus, forbidding wine to himself. But how ...
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Why HaShem repeats the same word twice sometimes?

For example in Artscroll Tanach, Bamidbar 7:11 "HASHEM said to Moses, "One leader each day, one leader each day shall they bring their offering for the dedication of the altar" Bamidbar 8:16 "For ...
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Why was the man in Numbers 15 put to death?

Once, when the Israelites were in the wilderness, they came upon a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him as he was gathering wood brought him before Moses, Aaron, and the whole ...
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How could the people who just heard God's voice and seen open miracles, rebel?

The Jews who emerged from Egypt in the miracle at the Red Sea, and then who were given the Torah at Sinai, personally witnessed the presence of God -- or so I thought. How can it be that the same ...
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Numbers in Numbers - always round [duplicate]

Why is it that the numbers in the censuses taken in the desert always contain round numbers? Generally speaking, with the only exception being Gad, all the numbers seem to be rounded to the hundreds, ...
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Why are there two different accounts of Aaron's death?

Numbers 33 says the nation goes from Moseroth to Bene-jaakan to Hor-haggidgad to Jotbah to Abronah to Ezion-geber to Kadesh to Mount Hor, and that Aaron died on Mount Hor. Deuteronomy 10 says they ...
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Bechor Shor (Ribash) on the Nachash Nechoshet (Copper Snake) of Parshat Chukas [closed]

Does anyone have access to the Mossad HaRav Kook edition of Rabbi Yosef Bechor-Shor's peirush (commentary) on the Torah? Specifically, if anyone is able to scan and upload an image of the section(s) ...
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Aharon's and Miriam's Yahrtzeit

The Book of Numbers spans almost the entire 40 year period in the desert, documenting numerous events that occurred to the Jews as they wandered. I count only 5 dates mentioned in the text (listed in ...
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What does Rash"i add on B'midbar 2:20?

In describing the layout of B'nei Yisra'el's camp in the wilderness, the Torah records four groups (called d'galim) comprising 3 tribes each, and lists them in order, dictating a diagram of how they ...
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Why do a few tribes in a list have different trope from the rest?

In the first aliya of B'midbar the chiefs of the tribes are listed. Nine have the zakeif gadol trope and three -- Yisachar, Binyamin, and Naftali -- have different trope. This isn't driven by word ...
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What is the significance of fire, water, and desert?

Why does the Medrash on Bamidbar say that the Torah was given with three thing: Fire, Water,and Desert?
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Who was the King of Cheshbon (in the Torah)?

Who was the king of Cheshbon, mentioned in Bamidbar?