Fire has long been a metaphor for anger. Considering the prevalence of the theme in this prevalence of the theme in this parashah, how could we not take a hard look at these offerings and consider what they might teach us here? I suggest the the "offerings by fire that you are to present to the Eternal as a regular burnt offering " (Numbers 28:3) in the sacrificial section of the Torah portion can be read midarshicly as guidance to a spiritual practice. We should not dismiss our own anger, a.k.a. fire, but rather practice it regularly, just as we would practice the middah of patience or the middah of gerenorsity. Maimonides speaks about the need, at times, to practice the extreme of a middah in order to find the proper place of moderation and balance on the spectrum. Rather than squelching your anger, feel it, dissect it, and let it teach you to channel it for holy purposes.
(From: Rabbi Pamela Wax, Kaas - An Anger Banquet, in The Mussar Torah Commentary: A spiritual path to living a meaningful and ethical life. Ed. Rabbi B. H. Block. CCAR Press, New York, 2020/5780. pp. 253-259)
Here's the section in Rambam that rabbi Wax was referencing:
Where do we turn to in order to learn our middot?
To expand the Rabbinic suggestion of learning from the animal kingdom, we can look out of our homes and practice learning middot from the Earth around us. For instance, devastating, out - of - control fires, are the "outside" image of our inner raging anger:
We are made in the image of our home Earth, and can learn so much about our inner-selves by observing the land around us and the way in which it behaves.
"Many trees in North America are adapted to natural cycles of ground fires. Ponderosa pines and giant redwoods have evolved thick bark to protect their sensitive cambium. Jack-pines have cones that pop open in heat so that their seeds fall onto forest floor cleared of vegetation, landing on a soft bed of ash that is a perfect place for life to start anew. However, the character of forest fires in North America has been changed by naturally increasing drought conditions and the human practice of fire suppression, and forests that would once have survived, or even thrived, in the face of fire are now threatened by its destructive force." (From: P. Wholleben, The Hidden Life of Trees, Greystone Books, Vancouver/Berkley, 2015 , pp. 208-209)
This is information about N. American trees, go and research trees in your own area - how do they react to and with fire?
"...And if a fire - dependent forest goes too long without burning,
that raises the risk of a catastrophic blaze which could destroy a forest completely"
(from the video below)
What practice would you develop in your own life, to control your Fire-Anger? How would you make sure not to squash your inner fire? How do you maintain small, cleansing fires in your life?