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Torah Talk for Parashat Bemidbar

May 15, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe conducts a census of the Israelites and the Levites, and sets up the structure of the wilderness encampment; Hashem describes the unique duties of the Kehati family from which the cohanim (priests) come. This week’s parasha, Bemidbar, begins the fourth of the five Books of Moses. The book of Bemidbar focuses on the forty years of the Israelites’ wanderings in the wilderness.

The Israelites’ camp was set up as follows: in the center was the Mishkan – the Tabernacle or Sanctuary – literally “the dwelling place [of God].” This was where it needed to be for both pragmatic and philosophical reasons. Read more >