I am reading Jonathan Rabb's book "Among the Living".
In the story, a rabbi looks at a Havdalah spice box,
specifically at the Hebrew lettering on the inscription.
The rabbi says that the letter gimmel is in the wrong place,
because non-Jews did the craftsmanship and they did not read Hebrew.
I know that the spice box is the besamim box.
What letters are on a typical spice box? What words do they represent?
Is the letter gimmel one of those letters?
Numbers 19:1-22 discusses the Red Heifer and purification.
The entire congregation of the children of Israel arrived at the desert of Zin in the first month, and the people settled in Kadesh. Miriam died there and was buried there.
How is verse 20:1 interpreted to mean "AFTER FORTY YEARS of journeying through the desert" they arrived at Zin?
There is no mention of years.
"If there arises a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the Lord thy God shall choose; And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment." (Devarim 17:8-9)
My question here is about the "the place which the Lord thy God shall choose." How do we known the place which God shall choose?
And does the difficult judgment that judges cannot solve be easily solved by the Levites?