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Census of the Israelites

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There are times when we must wage an external battle, and there are times when we must safeguard our internal treasures . . .
“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...
Parshas Ki Sissa begins with the mitzvah of machatzis hashekel. HaShem tells Moshe Rabbeinu to take a census of the Jewish people. Instead of counting heads, every Jew is commanded to give half of a silver shekel. By counting the half shekalim, Moshe woul...
Why Moshe was Astonished On the verse:Shmos 30:13. “This is what all… should give: a half-shekel, ” the Jerusalem TalmudShekalim 1:4. and the MidrashBamidbar Rabbah 12:3, also cited in Rashi’ s commentary to Shmos 30:13. comment: “The Holy One, blessed be...
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