Judaism: The Temple Institute on Behaalotcha
Rabbi Chaim RichmanRabbi Chaim Richman is the Director of the International Department of The Temple Institute in Jerusalem.
Israel's desert experience, as described throughout the book of Numbers, is a reality created by G-d in which He tends to their every need.
At the same time, He teaches them how to take responsibility for themselves as individuals and also as a nation.
When they shy away or shirk their responsibility, G-d rebukes them.
In this manner, they are being prepared to enter into the land of Israel where they will assume their role in bringing the entire world closer to G-d and His Torah.