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Parashat Bamidbar (Bamidbar)

Shabbat 22nd-23rd May 2020

Omer 43 and 44


Shabbat Begins in Liverpool:20:59

Shabbat Ends in Liverpool: 22:08

Bamidbar Roundup

G-d tells Moses to take a census—a count—of all the people who can be part of the army, which means all men between the ages of twenty and sixty. Each of the twelve tribes had a leader—a nassi--who helped Moses do the counting.

This is the list of the tribes and their leaders, and the number of people in each tribe.

Tribe Nassi Population

Reuben Elitzur 46,500

Shimon Shelumiel 59,300

Judah Nachshon 74,600

Issachar Nethanel 54,400

Zebulun Eliab 57,400

Menasseh Gamliel 32,200

Benjamin Abidan 35,400

Dan Achi'ezer 62,700

Asher Pagiel 41,500

Gad Eliasaph 45,650

Naphtali Achirah 53,400

Ephraim Elishamah 40,500


The tribe of Levi was counted separately. Counting all males from one month and older, there were 22,300.

Next is discussed how the People of Israel camped and traveled in the desert. When the Jews had to leave their encampment and begin traveling, the Levites would take apart

the Mishkan (the Tabernacle that the Jews built), carry it to wherever the next camp was, and set it up again. The camp was arranged like this: In the center was the Mishkan. Around the Mishkan was the camp of the Levites, divided into three groups. The Kehatites, who carried the Mishkan's vessels (the altar, ark, menorah, etc.), camped to its south. The Gershonites, who carried the curtains and roof coverings, were to the west, and the sons of Merrari, who carried the walls and pillars, camped to the north. In front of the Mishkan's entranceway in the east were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron's sons.

Around the Levites were camped the rest of the People of Israel, in four groups. To the east were Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; to the south, Reuben, Shimon, and Gad; to the west, Ephraim, Menasseh, and Benjamin; and to the north, Dan, Asher, and Naphtali.


Next is discussed the children of Aaron, the Kohanim, and the Levites, who did the service in the Mishkan. Originally, the firstborns from each family were supposed to do the service, but when they sinned with the golden calf they lost this privilege and it was given instead to the Levites



Parsha summary adapted from

The weekly mitzvot are adapted from the JCP Primary Parashat Hashavua Curriculum, and form the basis of the school's PSHE curriculum for all pupils.