This week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Masei covering Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4. Gordon gives eyewitness accounts of the springs and cisterns of Israel—springs that are sources and fountains of living water and man-made cisterns that can be rendered worthless. We learn that the “makor” (mem, qoof, reish), the “spring” with which Jeremiah was most familiar, still exists today.
The word-of-the-week is "E'evod" (אעבד) which provides a play on words (via the aleph) when Israel calls to “my father”—the mighty one. Whether Jeremiah wrote “I will not serve” or “I will not transgress” is an issue for the “Qere/Ketiv”—an exacting system that compares margin notes left by scribes to determine if words should be read differently than they were written. While some scholars profess that reading Adonai instead of the written “yud-hei-vav-hei” is a Qere/Ketiv issue, Gordon maintains the meticulousness of a scribe.
"For My people... They have forsaken Me, the Fount of living waters..." Jeremiah 2:13
The Original Torah Pearls - Masei (Numbers 33:1-36:13)
Photo by Nehemia Gordon of Ein Perat, a spring of living water in the Judean Desert near Anatot, the ancient home town of the Prophet Jeremiah.