Machshavah Lab

Parashas Naso: Nine Explanations for a Twelvefold Repetition

June 10, 2022 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 8 Episode 13
Machshavah Lab
Parashas Naso: Nine Explanations for a Twelvefold Repetition
Show Notes

This morning (6/10/22), in our "Machshavah Lab" series for women, we took up one of my "pet sugya" questions which rolls around once a year: Why does the Torah "waste" so much space writing about the twelve identical offerings brought by the princes of the twelve tribes? I would have loved to find twelve answers to this question, but this year, I was only able to find a total of nine.
במדבר ז:א-ב,י-כג
אברבנאל – במדבר פרק ז
Robert Alter, The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary (2004), pp. 716-717
בכור שור – במדבר ז:יא
רמב"ן – במדבר ז:יא
רש"י – בראשית לה:כב
רש"י – שמות ו:כו
רמב"ם – משנה תורה: ספר עבודה, הלכות מעילה ח:ח
רמב"ם – משנה תורה: ספר קרבנות, הלכות תמורה ד:יג
ספורנו – במדבר ז:ב,יג-יז
מדרש רבה בראשית ס:ח
הואיל משה – במדבר ז:יג
רלב"ג – שמות מ:לד-לח (סוף פרשת פקודי)
מדרש רבה במדבר ז:יג
ויקרא – י:א-ג (פרשת שמיני)
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