Shabbat Bamidbar (Num 1:1 – 4:20)

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Chazak, chazak… we have left Leviticus behind us and begin the rebellious tale of the Israelites (lost, perhaps) in the wilderness.

In Bamidbar – the portion, not the book – we are told how to make holiness portable. We double wrap it – first in cloth, then in leather.

The cloth – Torah uses the word b’gadim, which means “clothes” like people wear – is to be of the purest colors. Not white or black, but vibrant crimson, blue and violet. Under that goes the leather that keeps the mishkan safe. Inner strength versus outer armor. The pshat and metaphorical d’var come together nicely here:

Take the holiest part of you and dress it in your truest colors.
Wear those colors whenever you move from place to place.
Take care to protect it so that it isn’t damaged as you journey.
Be true.
Live fully.
Remain whole.

SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring something which is “clothed”.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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