We ask the following database query:
How did the pairs of neighboring tribes in the wilderness encampings influence each other?
The reader is encouraged to perform the query using a standard Biblical Konnkordance or search engine.
This database query yields the list below.
The list justifies the following Rashi inference:
Good neighbors influence eath other positively. Moses' neighbors were Judah, Zevulun and Yissachar
and all three tribes were known for their scholarship as stated in P060-09, Ju05-14, 1C12-32.
We see here the influence of good neighbors since Moses the great scholar influenced his neighbors
and they too became great scholars. We also see that proximity to Moses bestowed blessing and population increase
on these three tribes since during the wilderness
migrations these three tribes had an overall increasee in census
even though the nation as a whole did not. (The textual source proving the proximity of Moses to these three tribes is indicated in
the sequence of tribes at national migrations (Nu10-14,15,16,17 - which indicates a migration
sequence of Judah 1st, Yissachar 2nd, Zevulun 3rd, certain Levite tribes)
The list below presents the results of the database query and shows examples
||Verse indicating Scholarship
Advanced Rashi: In the above table we only touched the basic idea in this query.
We could also follow Rav
Hirsch and analyze census increase / decreases on all sides. For
example we can show how the tribes involved in the Korach rebellion
also influenced each other, however negatively. We
however suffice with the database query above which justifies the
Rashi coJulent that Good neighbors have positive influence.
Acknowledgement is given to my father, Abraham Hendel, of blessed memory, who assisted
me the first time I created this spreadsheet. Although the spreadsheet details are explicit
in both Rashi and Rav Hirsch my father suggested a tablular display that communicates clearly
the underlying message.