Numbers 5:6
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6  Speak to the Israelites: When a man or woman commits any wrong toward a fellow man, thus breaking faith with Hashem, and that person realizes his guilt,

da-BAYR el b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL EESH o i-SHAH KEE ya-a-SU mi-kol kha-TOT ha-a-DAM lim-OL MA-al ba-a-do-NAI v’-a-sh’-MAH ha-NE-fesh ha-HEE

ו  דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אִישׁ אוֹ־אִשָּׁה כִּי יַעֲשׂוּ מִכָּל־חַטֹּאת הָאָדָם לִמְעֹל מַעַל בַּיהוָה וְאָשְׁמָה הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא׃

5:6   When a man or woman commits any wrong toward a fellow man

After describing the camp of Israel in the desert with the Mishkan at its center, the Torah continues by detailing a series of laws that are seemingly unrelated to the camp, or to each other: Laws concerning theft, the wayward wife, and the Nazirite.  The connection between these different topics may be that all of these laws have to do with the  high level of holiness and morality that the Children of Israel are expected to maintain, not only in their relationship with Hashem, but also in their human interactions.  These laws represent three different types of relationships that require this type of sensitivity: Relations between a person and his fellow (theft), between a person and his family (the wayward wife), and between a person and himself (Nazirite). Those who desire to ensure that Hashem’s presence will continue to rest among them must ensure that all their interpersonal interactions are characterized by respect and sensitivity.

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  • Shalom Shira, As I read all these rules that Hashem has made and that the Children of Israel are to obey, I cannot help but wonder if these laws are adhered to today? I guess so much has changed, but surely but the ethic of the laws must remain the same? Is there a percentage of Jews who do or don't hold to and follow the laws? If they don't without a temple how can one 'make amends' or bring a sacrifice?
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Numbers 5:6

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