Shabbat Shalom 23 Iyyar 5774

This week’s parshat is Bamidbar (translated from Hebrew as ” in the desert”) covering Numbers 1:1-4:20.

In Bamidbar,  Moses took the first census of the Israelites, counting members of the 12 tribes (in order of population) : Judah, Dan, Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar,Naphtali, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.

Moses was instructed, by G-d, not to count the Levites, but to instead assign them to carrying, maintaining, and guarding the Tabernacle and its contents.  Once counted, the tribes were  then assigned a direction (North, East, South, or West) of the Tabernacle to encamp. The camping layout:


Moses continued the census and recorded the men by ancestral house or clan; the number of the first born Israelite males over one month of age; and Kohathite males in the 30-50 age bracket.

There are no commandments in Bamidbar, either negative or positive.

It is also the 38th day of the Omer, with candle lighting time on South Whidbey at 8:34 with havdalah at 9:43.

Translation, via JTS:

Commentary available at:




Rabbi Ted Falcon:


“Funding for Whidbey Island Jewish Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.” 


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