Avraham Fischer is a rabbi at Darche Noam Institutions.
Moshe poetically reminds the Children of Israel of the importance of remembering God who created them.
Several commentaries interpret Moses's going to the people before his death.
Moses teaches the people that their achievement of true fear of God will allow them to not fear any enemy.
Even during their long exile from the land of Israel, the Jewish people will retain their covenant with God, despite the punishments God exacts against the land.
The war against Midian teaches that when Israel does fight wars, they must fight with compassion and a minimum of casualties.
The laws regarding the purity of the Tabernacle and the purity of military camps remind us to ensure the sanctity of all of our dwelling places.
The understanding that Israelite troops were addressed on two different occasions before they entered war reflects the idea that our reactions to war often depend on its imminence.
Were the Canaanites the nation of Amalek?
The person who gathered wood on Shabbat in Parashat Sh'lach violated the atmosphere of tranquility essential to the Sabbath.
The Book of Numbers, full of bloodshed and division, ends with a call for unity and a discussion of the sanctity of life.