The greatest of men, Moshe, had to wait for Hashem to sprinkle purifying waters on Bnei Yisrael to mark the conclusion of the period of death.
Tosafos answers that nevertheless the sprinkling is a part of his taharah process.
What was Moses thinking when he struck the rock?
Israel's complaining frustrated Moshe, making it increasingly hard for him to lead effectively
Dovid's musical Torah teachings were designed to penetrate the soul and the emotions.
It occurred to me, as my brain rattled in my skull on a two-hundred mile ride through rural Virginia, that our souls work in much the same way.
Essential principle of arguments for Heaven's sake is recognizing no 1 person has monopoly on truth
Until Korach's rebellion, no one dared challenge Moshe’s authority.
Performing ketores outside the Beis Hamikdash, and at the wrong time is an aveirah.
Korach demonstrates how "charisma" can lead to a breakdown in the legitimate forms of leadership
A truly great leader is someone who not only leads and influences his immediate circle, but the broader world as well.
As they continued to spread fear in the hearts of the rest of Bnei Yisrael, they report that they saw giants, nefilim. V'sham rainu et hanefilim bnei anak!
It becomes clear that the problem the Jewish people faced wasn't temporary but endemic to its core
Ten of the twelve spies returned with a negative report, stating that this would be impossible.
It must have been the warm ambiance of their humble yet welcoming home. Or maybe it was their broad shoulders and understanding hearts…
Why did the Torah add baderch btzayschem M'mitzrayim to the command to remember the Miriam incident?
What was so bad about the spies sin and how can we connect to such an angry, vengeful God?
The Children of Israel chose a natural human existence, as opposed to living supernatural lives
"If I give you a box of candles will you light them each erev Shabbos?"
How does haughtiness lead to a loss of faith? Pride to the eclipse of God?
Let's emulate Aharon’s devotion to Jewish values & religious standards while helping all of society
Moshe realized that the halt to their march will have major repercussions. The body that had been so carefully assembled, with a single purpose and goal, began to fray.
Mitzvot, even restrictive laws, often teach self-discipline which is a venue to freedom.
The flavor of the mon was not artificial; the mon would now consist of the actual flavors from the desired food.
Despite unequal status, teamwork is the surest route to harmony and maximum self-expression.