The Torah Revealed: Talmudic Masters Unveil the Secrets of the Bible

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Torah Portion
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Numbers 4:21–7:89

PURIFYING THE CAMP

(5:1, 2) God spoke to Moses saying: Instruct the children of Israel to send out of the camp everyone who has a leprous mark or a male discharge, and all who are ritually defiled by the dead.


The Talmud Teaches

to send out of the camp R. Yose said: It is not the place that honors the person who lives there; it is the person who honors the place. We find an illustration of this in connection with the tabernacle in the wilderness. As long as it remained pitched, the Torah commanded, “to send out of the camp everyone who has a leprous mark or a male discharge” but once the curtain of the tabernacle was rolled up to be transported to a new site, both those with a male discharge and a leprous mark were permitted to enter the camp, for it was the Shechinah dwelling in the tabernacle that honored the camp (Taanit 21b).


OFFERINGS

(5:10) Every man's sacred offering shall be his; only that which a man gives to the priest belongs to him.


The Talmud Teaches

shall be his When a Jew sets aside part of his possessions as priestly gifts, the gift is his in the sense that he retains the right

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