In this course that will focus on the book of Bamidbar, we will be using the text to explore some fascinating and relevant ideas and themes. We will embark on a journey with the people of Israel from childhood to adulthood. Themes will include:
· The analysis of the role of speech in the maturation of the nation
· The importance of revelation and miracles and whether they are ideal or not
· The role of independence and its centrality to us as individuals and as a nation
· The notion of covenant in Tanach and its relevance today
Throughout the course we will be studying the Torah text, ancient commentaries and modern interpretations, as well as looking at philosophical and psychological perspectives on the issues being explored.