Numbers 1:1
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1  On the first day of the second month, in the second year following the exodus from the land of Egypt, Hashem spoke to Moshe in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting, saying:

vai-da-BAYR a-do-NAI el mo-SHEH b’-mid-BAR see-NAI b’-O-hel mo-AYD b’-e-KHAD la-KHO-desh ha-shay-NEE ba-sha-NAH ha-shay-NEET l’-tzay-TAM may-E-retz mitz-RA-yim lay-MOR

א  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה בְּמִדְבַּר סִינַי בְּאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִי בַּשָּׁנָה הַשֵּׁנִית לְצֵאתָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לֵאמֹר׃

 1:1   In the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting

After a stay of almost a year in the Sinai Desert where the people received the Torah, constructed the Mishkan and studied some of their new laws, Sefer Bamidbar opens with the preparations to leave the desert and head to the Promised Land. The Ramban explains that their entry into Eretz Yisrael with the Torah in hand was the ultimate goal of the exodus from Egypt. The Mishkan, where Hashem reveals Himself on a daily basis, will allow the people to carry the experience of revelation at Mount Sinai with them on their journey, and He will ultimately find His permanent resting place on earth in the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim. In this way, God remains permanently in their midst.

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  • When I read the Tanakh through Jewish understanding, I understand it a whole lot more.. Everything starts falling into place, and the characters come to life.
    Instead of questioning, ‘but why did G-d’…. I yell, ‘ so that’s why’ !!!!!!!!
    Exodus does make sense now. Exodus is for the whole world to read. It’s there as witness before all, that G-d gave Israel to the Jewish people. G-d covered Himself and His people. It all falls into place. ‘They read the word, and yet they don’t understand it’
    Is that how it goes?
    G-d is justified in His judgement on this world, they choose not to read the actual words.
    Thankyou for this insight…

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