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"When are we going to finally get to go to Mount Rushmore?" Josh asked for the hundredth time.
"We have to drive up just one more mountain," his father answered patiently.
"But dad," said Naomi, "we just drove up a mountain."
"You're right, Naomi. We drove up one mountain, but there is still some more mountains to go."
"Dad, we keep doing that over and over again," Josh whined. "Every time we reach the top, we keep having to climb even higher."
"You don't know how right you are!" exclaimed Mrs. Levy.
"What do you mean, Mom?" asked Naomi.
"Well, let's think about what Josh just said. We read in the Torah about the travels of the Jewish people. The Torah tells us about the many destinations through which the Jewish people passed as they traveled in the desert. The Torah begins by stating, 'These are the journeys of the Jewish nation as they came out of the land of Egypt.'
"The verse says 'the journeys', but it only took one journey, the very first one -- from Ra'amses to Sukkot -- for the Jewish people to get out of Egypt. Sukkot is already out of the boundaries of Egypt. Then why does the Torah say 'journeys?'...to read the rest of the article, visit http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/385641/jewish/Matot-Parshah-Lesson.htm