The Tragedy (and Hope) of the Book of Numbers

Parashat Shelah

There is something profoundly tragic about the book of Numbers: a people liberated from slavery, protected by a faithful God, and promised a good life in a land flowing with milk and honey, simply cannot overcome its fears, its lack of faith, and its inability to trust. Yet according to the Torah, God's love and faithfulness do not readily accept defeat. Despite everything, Numbers urges, God's hopes and promises will yet be fulfilled. (5774)