Two Minutes of Torah | Naso | Numbers 4:21−7:89

Parashat Naso, the second in the Book of Numbers, features at its core the Birkat Cohanim, the Priestly Blessing. “May God bless you and keep you; May God deal kindly and graciously with you; May God bestow God’s favor upon you and grant you peace.” Unwilling to let these blessings be repetitive, our ancient rabbis interpreted them as pertaining to a different part of the human experience: physical property and wealth, the experience of God’s anger, and the experience of God’s kindness.

The Jewish conception of God realizes God as an expansive whole we perceive as many facets. It might seem at any given time like we are experiencing one facet to the exclusion of others, but ultimately we know this is not true. Eventually the tables will turn and the sun will come out again. Kindness is waiting in the wings. This blessing, then, assures us — as it did our ancestors — of better days ahead.

Rabbi Aaron Meyer

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