Thoughts & Ideas
Bitesize Torah from Rabbi Taylor
This week’s parasha Bamidbar speaks about the traveling and encampments of the Jewish people during their forty year journey in the desert. We are told about the composition of the tribes, in what position they traveled, who traveled first and last, which tribe disassembled the Mishkan, the travelling tabernacle, which carried it, as well as the flag of each tribe. Why is it necessary for the Torah to articulate these events in such great detail? What message is the Torah trying to convey to us? In order to run a business or do anything successfully, there must be structure. For example without traffic lights and the structure of the Highway Code, no one will ever be able to get anywhere safely and the roads will be a mess. The Torah is emphasising the same concept in spirituality. If a person wants to grow spiritually, he needs to be organised. When life is structured a person can focus and raise himself to reach his potential with greater ease.