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Levites, The: A member of the priestly tribe of Levi.
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After describing the order in which the twelve tribes of Israel traveled through the desert, the Torah tells of the census of the tribe of Levi, the tribe tasked with transporting and building the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. Like everything in the Torah, the...
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