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Parshat Naso


5760 In the end of our long Torah portion we find a strange thing the same paragraph is repeated twelve times! At the inauguration of the Tabernacle in the dessert, each of leaders of the twelve tribes brought the same gifts, and the Torah repeats it over and over again… What could possibly be the reason for this repetition?
5761 In the beginning of this week’s section, Moshe completes the commandment G-d gave him last week, counting the Jewish people. Why was it necessary to count the Jews? Obviously G-d knew the number, why did He order Moshe to count them?
5762 Most of the eighteen commandments in this week's section are so only minimally relevant today such as "Sota" and "Nazir" because their full observance depends on the Holy Temple.
5763 (Due to one day of Shavuot in Israel, we will be reading Parshat Naso on Shabbat. Outside Israel this will only be read next week. From next week we will be keeping in sync with where the readings are holding outside Israel, so there will be an Dvar Torah on Naso next week as well) This week's section contains the strange and complicated commandment of the Sota.
5764 This week's section concludes the counting (NASO) of the Levites begun in the end of last week's section. But this is strange.
5765 This week's section 'Naso' means 'Lift up' and it precedes the holiday of Shavuot, when G-d 'lifted up' the Jews and made them a 'Kingdom of priests and a holy nation' (Ex. 19:6)
5766 This coming Friday will be the holiday of Shavuot and the day after, on Shabbat (In Israel), we read the second Torah portion of the book of Numbers, Naso. (Outside of Israel, where there are two days of Shavuot, Naso is read next Shabbat.)
5767 This week's Torah portion contains eleven negative and seven positive commandments, one of which is the 'Blessings of the Cohanim'. The Cohanim are the priestly tribe; basically, all Jews who are direct descendents of Aaron (Moses' brother). And the blessing they give is: "May G-d bless and protect you. May G-d shine His face to you and grace you. May G-d raise His favor and give you peace." (11:24-26)
5768 This week's Torah portion, called Naso (Elevate), precedes the Holiday of Shavuot which celebrates the giving of the Torah 3,320 years ago by G-d to the Jewish people. The Talmud tells us that at Mt. Sinai the Jews not only received the Bible but the Creator actually revealed Himself to all (about 3 million) of them and .... the dead were raised. The revelation was so unbearably intense that they all died and had to be miraculously revived with the 'dew' that will raise all the dead (in the End of Days).
5769 This week's Torah portion always occurs on or around the holiday of Shavuot when the Jews celebrate the giving of the Torah. Interestingly, Shavuot is the only of the Three Holidays for which the Torah gives no reason and which contains no Commandments that are relevant today.
5770 This week's Torah portion (incidentally, the longest in the book) contains eighteen commandments and one of them is confessing sins (if we have any) to G-d. (5:7)
5771 Although this week’s Torah portion is the longest in the book, it contains only 18 commandments and one of them is the commandment of confessing sins to G-d.
5772 This week’s Torah reading contains 18 commandments and one of them is that the priests (Cohanim) should bless the people with the following blessing. “May G-d bless you and protect you. May He shine His face on you and grace you. May he raise his face to you and give you peace.”
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