Bamidbar

“As they encamp so shall they journey.”
~ Numbers 2:17

Throughout Israel’s wandering in the Wilderness, they encamped at forty two different locations.

To relocate one must obviously move, so how could they journey like they encamp?

When encamped with the Temple functioning, there was a sense of stability and safety. Conversely, when relocating and travelling, there wasn’t.

Part of the human condition is to feel vulnerable when you’re in a state of transition. Unless you learn to travel through life’s journey knowing you’re always at home wherever you go.

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Emor

“When you sacrifice a thanksgiving offering to God, sacrifice it for your own favour.”
~ Leviticus 22:29

The thanksgiving offering was brought by someone who survived a life-threatening experience, like a dangerous journey or a terminal illness.

Why did it need to be offered for his own favour and not God’s?

Because while gratitude is a natural response after being saved, you’ve missed the point if you don’t recognise that the potential disaster you survived was also through the hand of God.

Both the light in your life – and the darkness – should find favour in your eyes.

Achrei-Kedoshim

“Do not curse the deaf.”
~ Leviticus 19:14

Words spoken from an angry heart with ill intent hurt.

But if the deaf cannot hear, surely they won’t feel any pain?

They won’t but you will. Although the deaf won’t even know about it, there’s still a negative impact on the one who said it, because they said it.

Cursing is like punching a wall in a fit of anger. Although you won’t break your tongue as you would your hand, you nonetheless defile yourself by simply losing control.