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Census of the Israelites

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Why so many numbers in the Book of Numbers?
A census achieves two contrary aims. By focusing on the total sum, it asks the individual to suspend his individuality; at the same time, it compels him to ask himself if he is worthy of contributing to the total...
“G-d spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert... ‘Take a census of the entire congregation of the Children of Israel…’” -Bamidbar 1:1-3 In a census, every member of the group is counted equally: the greatest or most exalted is no more than “one,” even as the sm...
Our Sidra opens with G‑d’s command that a census be taken of the Israelites. In fact, there were three such counts taken in the first thirteen months following the exodus from Egypt. What is the spiritual significance of the counting ordained by G‑d? Why ...
The Torah reading of Bamidbar begins with G-d telling Moshe that he and his brother Aharon, the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), were to tally the number of the Jewish people.Bamidbar 1:1-3. The verse goes on to stateIbid., verses 48, 49. that G-d told Moshe “n...
This week’s Torah reading concludes the census of the tribe of Levi. When taking a census, everyone - those on the highest spiritual rungs and those on the lowest levels - count equally. No one is given greater priority than anyone else. This is true, not...
The obvious coefficient of Jewish identity is peoplehood. And yet the Jewish people cannot be defined without reference to the family.
We should know that it is never too late to begin, and if we make the effort, there is no level we can’t reach.
What is the significance of this counting? What is the connection between this counting and Shavuot?
Who is a leader of the Jewish people? Only one who loves the Jewish people.
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