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The Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh has a famous piece on Devarim 8:1 where it writes: כׇּל־הַמִּצְוָ֗ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָנֹכִ֧י מְצַוְּךָ֛ הַיּ֖וֹם תִּשְׁמְר֣וּן לַעֲשׂ֑וֹת לְמַ֨עַן תִּֽחְי֜וּן וּרְבִיתֶ֗ם וּבָאתֶם֙ וִֽירִשְׁתֶּ֣ם אֶת־הָאָ֔רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־נִשְׁבַּ֥ע ה' לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶֽם׃ You shall faithfully observe all the Instruction that I enjoin upon you today, that you may ...


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R Yechiel Michel Tucazinsky in Gesher HaChaim (third part, p. 107 in the English edition) writes that the soul is clothed, in this world, in 613 parts of the body and, in the World to Come, in the "garments created from the mitzvot he does in this world". In his words Shedding the soul is merely a change of clothing, from the gross, material ...


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To answer your second question, I don't think it's a typo. I think it depends on whether you count Ramesses. It's considered a stop in the overall 42, but they didn't actually travel there. That's where they left Egypt from. On your first question, the first 11 encampments being in the first year is based on the verses that say that Bnei Yisrael were still ...


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This idea is brought by Rashi in a few places, for example, here. This is also brought by Rabbeinu Bechayei a couple of times, for example, here. This is also brought by the Torah Temima and Kad Hakemach. A number of other commentators, such as Abarbanel and Ramban, bring the idea in the name of Rashi. The idea is based on a midrash that appears in multiple ...


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It would seem that the number 42 has a deeper Divine underpinning which makes it foundational to the Jewish people. Similar to what has already been pointed out about the 42 stops of the Bnei Yisrael, it is worth noting the Magen Avraham 428:8 who writes: כתוב בצרור המור מ"ב מסעות שבפרשת ואלה מסעי אין להפסיק בהם שהוא נגד שם מ"ב The Tzror Hamor ...


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"the world was graven with forty-two letters, all of which are the ornamentation of the Holy Name." (Zohar I, 30a) Maybe since it is part of creation, it is used significantly. And thats why the Baal Shem Tov compares the 42 journeys of the Bnei Yisroel to the 42 letter name, and also says that these are 42 stages which each and everyone of us ...


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Here is the text of the Malbim on the Passuk about the 42 wanderings; ואמרתי פירושו שאחר שהיו המסעות מכוונים נגד שם מ"ב היתה כל מסע מצוינת באות א' מן אותות של שם של מ"ב, וכשתסדר מ"ב אותיות של שם של מ"ב נגד המסעות, תמצא שנמצא ג"פ אות ב', וכאשר נאמר להם שיסעו מסע מכוונת נגד אות ב' מצאו שסכות וקהלתה ומוסרת מצוינים באות ב' ולא ידעו ...


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regarding the מסעות in במדבר see מלבי"ם that connects it to the 42 letters of the שם מ"ב,


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