Why did the three tribes that comprised Degel Machaneh Efrayim, (Efrayim, Menasheh and Binyamin), encamp specifically in the west?


Ramban (on Pasuk 2): Hashem said to Moshe: 'Efrayim, Menasheh and Binyamin, which represents strength, 1 should encamp in the west, corresponding to the storehouses of snow, of hail of cold and of heat which are i the west. The Shechinah is always in the west in the territory of Binyamin. 2 And strength is necessary for Torah and Teshuvah, in order to study Torah and to overcome one's Yeitzer ha'Ra'.


R. Chavel's footnotes: See Tehilim, 80:3. And it is only the strong who can stand against cold and heat.

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