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Naso

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

Summary: 
  • 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. (4:21-49)
  • God speaks to Moses concerning what to do with ritually unclean people, repentant individuals, and those who are suspected of adultery. (5:1-31)
  • The obligations of a nazirite vow are explained. They include abstaining from alcohol and not cutting one's hair. (6:1-21)
  • God tells Moses how to teach Aaron and his sons the Priestly Blessing. (6:22-27)
  • Moses consecrates the Sanctuary, and the tribal chieftains bring offerings. Moses then speaks with God inside the Tent of Meeting. (7:1-89)

NOTE: Sometimes Parashat Naso is separated into Naso I and Naso II as follows:

Naso I (Numbers 4:21-5:31)
Naso II (Numbers 6:1-7:89)

  • Torah for Tots

    In this parashah, the Hebrew word "naso," as it relates to taking a census of our family members, can suggest that not only are we counting our family members but also telling about them as well.

  • Torah for Tweens

    Wanna learn more about the Torah with your tween? Read this guide about Naso.

  • Torah for Teens

    God is taking roll call in this parasha – God tells Moses to take a census, and more laws are detailed.

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