Parashat Bamidvar (In the desert)
This section, which opens the fourth book of the Torah, deals with the structure of the camp and the position of the tribes when the Israelites were encamping in the desert.
The tabernacle was in the center surrounded by the tribe of Levi and there were three tribes in the north, three in the south, three in the east, and three in the west.
Every machane (camp), N, S, W, E had a flag. The flag had a purpose. If you looked up, you knew where your camp was, where your tribe and your family were located.
But there is a deeper message in this description. If you are lost, if you lose your guidance, you need to know that always looking up, towards Avinu Shevashamai our G-d in heaven, helps us to find our place on earth.
So when you are lost, sometimes looking for Hashem is better than any GPS.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L