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Parshat Mas’ei — Know Your Journey

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I will never forget the story of the fellow who went to visit Russia in the 1990s without knowing a single word of Russian. After taking a taxi from the airport to his lavish hotel in downtown Moscow, the fellow decided he would go check out downtown Moscow. Equipped with his wallet and plenty of rubles, the fellow exited the hotel, and to be sure he knew what street he was going back to, he took a pen and paper and carefully copied down the street sign for the street he stayed on so that he can find his way back from the great metropolitan evening he would have. After spending the night out at lavish restaurants, the ballet, a philharmonic concert, and the bar, the fellow got in a taxi to return him to his lodging place. He hailed a cab and handed him the note. He carefully copied the street sign words. The driver looked at him in bewilderment. He told the driver: “do you speak English and Russian?” The driver said: “yes, and all the street sign you copied says on it is “one way .” Not knowing where he came from, the man realized he was lost.

In this week’s Parsha, the Torah lists in great detail every single stop and location........

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