GrowTorah Core Value: Incubating Emunah
Bamidbar – in the desert. This parsha, and the whole sefer, is named after the wilderness: unworked and unworkable, unowned nature at its purest. Here is where we received the Torah. What values can we learn from the desert?
Lesson Title: Desert
Why was the Torah given in the desert?
- Just as the wilderness is free and ownerless, equally available to everyone, so too is the Torah free and available. We must also make ourselves ownerless like the desert in order to be receptive to the Torah.
How do these Gemaras compare and contrast?
- Both say similar things about each stop on the journey: starting with the humility of the wilderness, people are given Torah as gift, God gives it as inheritance, and through Torah they rise to greatness, but if they get haughty they are lowered, and raised back up if they reverse their ways.
- The first says the desert is humble because everyone treads on it, the second because it is deserted by all.
How do they explain the significance of the desert?
- see above
What values do we learn from Hashem's decision to give Bnei Yisrael the Torah in the desert?
- Humility, acceptance
Living the Lesson
What does the desert teach us about how to approach learning Torah?
- freely, equally, with concentration
How can we apply the lessons learned from the desert in our garden?
- Doesn't belong to anyone, the lessons we learn here are equally true for everyone
How can inspiration and Torah values be found in nature apart from the desert?