Weekly Torah Portion

Naso

Take a Census
Numbers
4:21−7:89

The Eternal One spoke to Moses: "Take a census of the Gershonites also, by their ancestral house and by their clans." - Numbers 4:21-22

A census of the Gershonites, Merarites, and Koathites between the ages of thirty and fifty is conducted and their duties in the Tabernacle are detailed.  G-d speaks to Moses concerning what to do with ritually unclean people, repentant individuals, and those who are suspected of adultery.   The obligations of a nazirite vow are explained. They include abstaining from alcohol and not cutting one's hair.  G-d tells Moses how to teach Aaron and his sons the Priestly Blessing.  Moses consecrates the Sanctuary, and the tribal chieftains bring offerings. Moses then speaks with G-d inside the Tent of Meeting.

     
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