We all know people whose natural inclination is “No.” They avoid setting precedents, take no chances, play it safe, and squelch initiative. But the Jewish People did not make it this far by saying “No” to everything. We made our mark by a repetitive and massive “Yes.” Even when the odds were against success, we insisted that we couldn’t afford not to try.
Rabbi Neil Fleischmann |
Special To The Jewish Week |
Shabbat candles: 7:55 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 1:1-4:20
Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22
Havdalah: 9:02 p.m.
“And God spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting…. ‘Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names….” [Numbers 1:1-2].
During the Jubilee, all land is returned to the original owner. Someone who bought the land that now had to be returned might feel disenfranchised, a stranger, in a sense, from land once considered his own: “The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land belongs to Me, for you are strangers and [temporary] residents with Me” [Leviticus 25:23].