Bamidbar: Unplugged

Plug Nail ArtHow often do we truly unplug? Sometimes we need to take a vacation in another place in order to distance ourselves from being attached to our iPhones and other electronic devices. Parashat Bamidbar presents an interesting take on how location can affect our ability to focus. The Midrash in Bamidbar Rabbah 6:1 explains that God purposely chose the “Midbar,” the desert, as the location in which to give Bnai Yisrael the Torah. The desert was a place with less distractions and more opportunity for Bnai Yisrael to recognize their dependence on God.

  • Why do you think it was important for Bnai Yisrael to receive the Torah in a remote location?
  • Are their places or situations where you find yourself able to unplug?
  • If so, what is the impact of those moments? 
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2 Responses to Bamidbar: Unplugged

  1. Susan M says:

    I’m just now reading this, although it’s dated May 5, 2013. I still appreciate it! I’m actually unplugged most of the time, except when I’m at work. My job requires that I “plug in” and stay plugged in. There are two parts of each day that I’m most likely to recognize my dependence on God. One is when I’m walking in the morning (I don’t drive) and the other is when I take a shower at the end of the day. I acknowledge my dependence on God every day, though, in my morning and evening prayers. I’m “old” (64) and the older I get, the more clearly I see that dependence. As we are taught, all of God’s Creation declares it. Thanks for the reminder! And I love the manicure. Fine use of color and design!

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