Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading:

Parshas Bamidbar

Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person "goes up" to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.


1st & 2nd Aliyot: Moshe counts all males over the age of 20, and registers them according to their paternal ancestry. The total, not including Shayvet Layvie, was 603,550. The total number of Jews was around 3 million.

3rd Aliya: The tribes are each assigned their position within the camp, and in the order of the traveling.

4th Aliya: In preparation for separating the tribe of Layvie, the Torah establishes Aharon's genealogy. Although the Kohanim were also from the Tribe of Layvie, they were counted by themselves.

5th Aliya: Moshe counts the Leviyim according to their three basic families: Gershon, Kehas, and Mirarri. Their individual responsibilities in transporting the Mishkan is stated, and their total was 22,000.

6th Aliya: Being that the Leviyim were to be in direct exchange for the first born, Moshe counts all the first born in the rest of the nation. Their total was 22,273. The extra 273 first born are instructed to redeem themselves from Aharon the Kohain for 5 silver shekels.

7th Aliya: The Parsha concludes with detailed instructions for the family of Kahas. Their primary responsibility was to transport the vessels of the Mishkan. Only Aharon and his sons were allowed to cover the vessels in preparation for transport. Once covered, the family of Kahas did the actual carrying.


Parsha Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler

 

ARTICLES ON YISRO AND TU BESHVAT:

View Complete List

For the Birds
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

The Bridge of Life
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

A Matter of Priorities
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Dowry
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

To Capture a Feeling
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

What to Answer!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Reliably Respected
Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich - 5772

A Divine Presence of Mind
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Can A Person Sleep For Seventy Years?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

> Where Honor is Due
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Baruch Hashem for Yisro!
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

Earth-Shaking Event
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

ArtScroll

Opiate Of The Elite
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

No Justice No Place
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Tu BeShevat
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Chosen People
Shlomo Katz - 5768



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information