What Unites the People of Israel?

Parashat Naso

We find in the fifth chapter of BeMidbar a seemingly inclusive and egalitarian opening regarding any person who has robbed or sinned in any way.  These verses center on robberies that occur within the community and between its members. The law focuses, in the verses themselves and the Rabbinic exposition upon them, on defining the victims of the robbery. The ensuing discussion raises questions regarding the thin line between those whom the law refers and relates to and those to whom it does not. (5777)