We closed last time with the idea of both Creation and Torah as the ways for people to learn about Hashem. To speak of Torah as how people find their way to their fullest purpose runs the risk of treating it as a tool, subordinate to man, which contradicts other traditions about Torah.
I built this project on an assumption: by taking comments of Ramban’s as they appealed to me, with no attempt to relate them to each other, I would over the course of time nonetheless find recurring motifs, which would reflect underlying concerns of Ramban’s. My goal was to let Ramban speak for
Boo! I feel that’s the word that should begin every political speech these days. It would be wonderful if the political discussion in both of my beloved countries could be based on reason, intellect and maybe even a little morality, but fear is the spice of the day for political discourse. I
For many families with young children, staying up for the traditional night of learning on the first evening of Shavuot is simply impossible…after all, that 6 a.m. wake-up call comes regardless of what time you finally went to bed the night prior. So, with the goal of giving everyone the opportunity to
John F. Kennedy’s characterization of failure as a lonely orphan explains Ramban’s surprise at how Rashi ascribes to Moshe the idea of sending spies to Israel. Hashem says, “Shelach lecha anashim,” and Rashi picks up on the lecha, meaning you, to say Hashem gave
During college I had a summer job making vinyl covers for skimobiles. That summer my grandmother passed away at the age of 96 (at the graveside her cousin claimed that she always lied about her age and was really 98). I got permission to miss work and go to the funeral. The next day I was impressed and
The Sotah Ceremony: A Jealousy Offering
Chapter 5 of Bamidbar lays out what happens if a husband suspects his wife of having an affair. He is supposed to make his concerns clear to her, to warn her in front of witnesses not to be seen secluded with the man in question.
The comments of Ramban I choose to review do not always align neatly with a central theme, but for Behar I think they do. We’ll start with his view of Shmita, which puts us in touch with the very metaphysically aware side of Ramban we’ve seen before.