These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan.—Through the wilderness, in the Arabah near Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab.
The following is how the Jews would learn Torah while in the desert:
Moshe would enter his tent followed by Aharon. Moshe would then recite a verse that had been revealed to him, comment on it, and explain it.
Aaron would then position himself on Moshe’s right side and Elazar and Itamar (Aaron’s sons) would then be taught the verse in the same manner.
Then the 70 elders would enter and Moshe would teach it to them.
Lastly, the Bnei Yisrael would be taught the verse. They would hear it 4 times and then gather into small groups to review it. Someone would be chosen to write the teaching on small parchments and emissaries would be sent to teach the entire nation until they knew it by heart.
(Rambam Mishnah Intro. based on Eruvin 54 and Sifri Vayikra 25:1)
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