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Bamidbar/Numbers  8:1 - 12:16

Chapter 8

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying,  2 "Speak to Aaron and say to him - When you kindle the lamps, toward the face of the Menorah shall the seven lamps cast light."

3 Aaron did so; toward the face of the Menorah he kindled its lamps, as Hashem had commanded Moses.  4 This is the workmanship of the Menorah, hammered-out gold, from its base to its flower it is hammered out; according to the vision that Hashem showed Moses, so did he make the Menorah.

5 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying,  6 "Take the Levites from among the Children of Israel and purify them.  7 So shall you do to them to purify them - Sprinkle upon them water of purification, and let them pass a razor over their entire flesh, and let them immerse their garments, and they shall become pure.  8 They shall take a young bull and its meal-offering, fine flour mixed with oil, and a second young bull shall you take as a sin-offering.  9 You shall bring the Levites before the Tent of Meeting, and you shall gather together the entire assembly of the Children of Israel.  10 You shall bring the Levites before Hashem, and the Children of Israel shall lean their hands upon the Levites.  11 Aaron shall wave the Levites as a wave-service before Hashem from the Children of Israel, and they shall remain to perform the service of Hashem.  12 The Levites shall lean their hands upon the head of the bulls; you shall make one a sin-offering and one an elevation-offering to Hashem, to provide atonement for the Levites.  13 You shall stand the Levites before Aaron and before his sons, and wave them as a wave-offering before Hashem.  14 So shall you separate the Levites from among the Children of Israel, and the Levites shall remain Mine.

15 "Thereafter the Levites shall come to serve the Tent of Meeting; you shall purify them and you shall wave them as a wave-service.  16 For presented, presented are they to Me from among the Children of Israel; in place of the first issue of every womb, the firstborn of everyone of the Children of Israel, have I taken them to Myself.  17 For every firstborn of the Children of Israel became Mine, of man and livestock; on the day I struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself.  18 I took the Levites in place of every firstborn among the Children of Israel.  19 Then I assigned the Levites to be presented to Aaron and his sons from among the Children of Israel to perform the service of the Children of Israel in the Tent of Meeting and to provide atonement for the Children of Israel, so that there will not be a plague among the children of Israel when the Children of Israel approach the Sanctuary."

20 Moses, Aaron, and the entire assembly of the Children of Israel did to the Levites according to everything that Hashem had commanded Moses about the Levites, so did the Children of Israel do to them.  21 The Levites purified themselves and immersed their garments; and Aaron waved them as a wave-service before Hashem, and Aaron provided atonement for them to purify them.  22 Afterwards the Levites came to perform their service in the Tent of Meeting, before Aaron and before his sons, as Hashem had commanded Moses concerning the Levites; so they did for them.

23 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying,  24 his shall apply to the Levites - From twenty-five years of age and up, he shall join the legion of the service of the Tent of Meeting.  25 From fifty years age, he shall withdraw from the legion of work and no longer work.  26 He shall minister with his brethren in the Tent of Meeting to safeguard the charge, but work shall he not perform. So shall you do to the Levites concerning their charge."

Chapter 9

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the second year from their exodus from the land of Egypt, in the first month, saying,  2 "The Children of Israel shall make the pesach-offering in its appointed time.  3 On the fourteenth day of this month in the afternoon shall you make it, in its appointed time; according to all its decrees and laws shall you make it."

4 Moses spoke to the Children of Israel to make the pesach-offering.  5 They made the pesach-offering in the first [month], on the fourteenth day of the month, in the afternoon, in the Wilderness of Sinai; according to everything that Hashem had commanded Moses, so the Children of Israel did.

6 There were men who had been contaminated by a human corpse and could not make the pesach-offering on that day; so they approached Moses and Aaron on that day.  7 Those men said to him, "We are contaminated through a human corpse; why should we be diminished by not offering Hashem's offering in its appointed time among the Children of Israel?"

8 Moses said to them, "Stand and I will hear what Hashem will command you."

9 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying,  10 "Speak to the Children of Israel, saying - If any man will become contaminated through a human corpse or on a distant road, whether you or your generations, he shall make the pesach-offering for Hashem,  11 in the second month, on the fourteenth day, in the afternoon, shall he make it; with matzos and bitter herbs shall he eat it.  12 They shall not leave over from it until morning nor shall they break a bone of it; like all the decrees of the pesach-offering shall they make it.  13 But a man who is pure and was not on the road and had refrained from making the pesach-offering, that soul shall be cut off from its people, for he had not offered Hashem's offering in its appointed time; that man will bear his sin.  14 When a convert shall dwell with you, he shall make a pesach-offering to Hashem; according to the decree of the pesach-offering and its law, so shall he do; one decree shall be for you, for the proselyte and the native of the Land."

15 On the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the Tabernacle that was a tent for the Testimony, and in the evening there would be upon the Tabernacle like a fiery appearance until morning.  16 So it would always be - The cloud would cover it, and an appearance of fire at night.  17 And whenever the cloud was lifted from atop the Tent, afterwards the Children of Israel would journey, and in the place where the cloud would rest, there the Children of Israel would encamp.  18 According to the word of Hashem would the Children of Israel journey, and according to the word of Hashem would they encamp; all the days that the cloud would rest upon the Tabernacle they would encamp.  19 When the cloud lingered upon the Tabernacle many days, the Children of Israel would maintain the charge of Hashem and would not journey.  20 Sometimes the cloud would be upon the Tabernacle for a number of days; according to the word of Hashem would they encamp and according to the word of Hashem would they journey.  21 And sometimes the cloud would remain from evening until morning, and the cloud would be lifted in the morning and they would journey; or for a day and a night, and the cloud would be lifted and they would journey.  22 Or for two days, or a month, or a year, when the cloud would linger over the Tabernacle, resting upon it, the Children of Israel would encamp and would not journey, but when it was lifted they would journey.  23 According to the word of Hashem would they encamp, and according to the word of Hashem would they journey; the charge of Hashem would they safeguard, according to the word of Hashem through Moses.

Chapter 10

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying,  2 "Make for yourself two silver trumpets — make them hammered out, and they shall be yours for the summoning of the assembly and to cause the camps to journey.  3 When they sound a long blast with them, the entire assembly shall assemble to you, to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.  4 If they sound a long blast with one, the leaders shall assemble to you, the heads of Israel's thousands.  5 When you sound short blasts, the camps resting to the east shall journey.  6 When you sound short blasts a second time, the camps resting to the south shall journey; short blasts shall they sound for their journeys.  7 When you gather together the congregation, you shall sound a long blast, but not a short blast.  8 The sons of Aaron, the Kohanim, shall sound the trumpets, and it shall be for you an eternal decree for your generations.

9 "When you go to wage war in your Land against an enemy who oppresses you, you shall sound short blasts of the trumpets, and you shall be recalled before Hashem, your God, and you shall be saved from your foes.

10 "On a day of your gladness, and on your festivals, and on your new moons, you shall sound the trumpets over your elevation-offerings and over your feast peace-offerings; and they shall be a remembrance for you before your God; I am Hashem, your God."

11 It was in the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth of the month, the cloud was lifted from upon the Tabernacle of the Testimony.  12 The Children of Israel journeyed on their journeys from the Wilderness of Sinai, and the cloud rested in the Wilderness of Paran.

13 They journeyed for the first time at the bidding of Hashem through Moses.  14 The banner of the camp of the children of Judah journeyed first according to their legions, and over its legion was Nahshon son of Amminadab,  15 over the legion of the tribe of the children of Issachar was Nethanel son of Zuar,  16 and over the legion of the tribe of Zebulun was Eliab son of Helon.

17 The Tabernacle was taken down, then journeyed the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, the bearers of the Tabernacle.

18 Then journeyed the banner of the camp of Reuben according to their legions; and over its legion was Elizur son of Shedeur,  19 over the legion of the tribe of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai,  20 and over the legion of the tribe of the children of Gad was Eliasaph son of Deuel.  21 Then journeyed the Kohathites, bearers of the sanctuary; and they would erect the Tabernacle before their arrival.

22 Then journeyed the banner of the camp of Ephraim according to their legions, and over its legion was Elishama son of Ammihud,  23 over the legion of the tribe of the children of Manasseh was Gamaliel son of Pedahzur,  24 and over the legion of the tribe of the children of Benjamin was Abidan son of Gideoni.

25 Then journeyed the banner of the camp of the children of Dan, the rear guard of all the camps, according to their legions, and over its legion was Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai,  26 over the legion of the tribe of the children of Asher was Pagiel son of Ochran,  27 and over the legion of the tribe of the children of Naphtali was Ahira son of Enan.  28 These were the journeys of the Children of Israel according to their legions, and they journeyed.

29 Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel, the Midianite, the father-in-law of Moses, "We are journeying to the place of which Hashem has said, 'I shall give it to you.' Go with us and we shall treat you well, for Hashem has spoken of good for Israel."  30 He said to him, "I shall not go; only to my land and my family shall I go."  31 He said, "Please do not forsake us, inasmuch as you know our encampments in the Wilderness, and you have been as eyes for us.  32 And it shall be that if you come with us, then with the goodness with which Hashem will benefit us, we will do good to you."

33 They journeyed from the Mountain of Hashem a three-day distance, and the Ark of the covenant of Hashem journeyed before them a three-day distance to search out for them a resting place.  34 The cloud of Hashem was over them by day when they journeyed from the camp.

35 When the Ark would journey, Moses said, "Arise, Hashem, and let Your foes be scattered, let those who hate You flee from before You."  36 And when it rested, he would say, "Reside tranquilly, O, Hashem, among the myriad thousands of Israel."

Chapter 11

1 The people took to seeking complaints; it was evil in the eyes of Hashem, and Hashem heard and His wrath flared, and a fire of Hashem burned against them, and it consumed at the edge of the camp.  2 The people cried out to Moses; Moses prayed to Hashem, and the fire died down.  3 He named that place Taberah, for the fire of Hashem had burned against them.

4 The rabble that was among them cultivated a craving, and the Children of Israel also wept once more, and said, "Who will feed us meat?  5 We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt free of charge; and the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.  6 But now, our life is parched, there is nothing; we have nothing to anticipate but the manna!"

7 Now the manna was like coriander seed and its color was like the color of b'dolach.  8 The people would stroll and gather it, and grind it in a mill or pound it in a mortar and cook it in a pot or make it into cakes, and it tasted like the taste of dough kneaded with oil.  9 When the dew descended upon the camp at night, the manna would descend upon it.

10 Moses heard the people weeping in their family groups, each one at the entrance of his tent, and the wrath of Hashem flared greatly; and in the eyes of Moses it was bad.

11 Moses said to Hashem, "Why have You done evil to Your servant; why have I not found favor in Your eyes, that You place the burden of this entire people upon me?  12 Did I conceive this entire people or did I give birth to it, that You say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a suckling, to the Land that You swore to its forefathers?  13 Where shall I get meat to give to this entire people when they weep to me, saying, 'Give us meat that we may eat'?  14 I alone cannot carry this entire nation, for it is too heavy for me.  15 And if this is how You deal with me, then kill me now, if I have found favor in Your eyes, and let me not see my evil!"

16 Hashem said to Moses, "Gather to Me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and its officers; take them to the Tent of Meeting and have them stand there with you.  17 I will descend and speak with you there, and I will increase some of the spirit that is upon you and place it upon them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, and you shall not bear alone.

18 "To the people you shall say, 'Prepare yourselves for tomorrow and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the ears of Hashem, saying - Who will feed us meat? for it was better for us in Egypt! So Hashem will give you meat and you will eat.  19 Not for one day shall you eat, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, and nor twenty days.  20 Until an entire month of days, until it comes out of your nose, and becomes nauseating to you, because you have rejected Hashem Who is in your midst, and you have wept before Him, saying - Why did we leave Egypt?'"

21 Moses said, "Six hundred thousand footmen are the people in whose midst I am, yet You say I shall give them meat, and they shall eat for a month of days.  22 Can sheep and cattle be slaughtered for them and suffice for them? Or if all the fish of the sea will be gathered for them, would it suffice for them?"

23 Hashem said to Moses, "Is the hand of Hashem limited? Now you will see whether My word comes to pass or not!"

24 Moses left and spoke the words of Hashem to the people; and he gathered seventy men from among the elders of the people and had them stand around the Tent.

25 Hashem descended in a cloud and spoke to him, and He increased some of the spirit that was upon him and gave it to the seventy men, the elders; when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, but did not do so again.

26 Two men remained behind in the camp, the name of one was Eldad and the name of the second was Medad, and the spirit rested upon them; they had been among the recorded ones, but they had not gone out to the Tent, and they prophesied in the camp.  27 The youth ran and told Moses, and he said, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp."

28 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of Moses since his youth, spoke up and said, "My lord Moses, incarcerate them!"

29 Moses said to him, "Are you being zealous for my sake? Would that the entire people of Hashem could be prophets, if Hashem would but place His spirit upon them!"

30 Moses was brought into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.  31 A wind went forth from Hashem and blew quail from the sea and spread them over the camp, a day's journey this way and a day's journey that way, all around the camp, and two cubits above the face of the earth.  32 The people rose up all that day and all the night and all the next day and gathered up the quail — the one with the least gathered in ten chomers — and they spread them out all around the camp.  33 The meat was still between their teeth, not yet chewed, when the wrath of Hashem flared against the people, and Hashem struck a very mighty blow against the people.  34 He named that place Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been craving.

35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth, and they remained in Hazeroth.

Chapter 12

1 Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses regarding the Cushite woman he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman.  2 They said, "Was it only to Moses that Hashem spoke? Did He not speak to us, as well?" And Hashem heard.  3 Now the man Moses was exceedingly humble, more than any person on the face of the earth.

4 Hashem said suddenly to Moses, to Aaron, and to Miriam, "You three, go out to the Tent of Meeting." And the three of them went out.  5 Hashem descended in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance to the Tent, and He summoned Aaron and Miriam; the two of them went out.  6 He said, "Hear now My words. If there shall be prophets among you, in a vision shall I, Hashem, make Myself known to him; in a dream shall I speak with him.  7 Not so is My servant Moses; in My entire house he is the trusted one.  8 Mouth to mouth do I speak to him, in a clear vision and not in riddles, at the image of Hashem does he gaze. Why did you not fear to speak against My servant Moses?"

9 The wrath of Hashem flared up against them, and He left.

10 The cloud had departed from atop the Tent, and behold! Miriam was afflicted with tzaraas, like snow! Aaron turned to Miriam and behold! she was afflicted with tzaraas.

11 Aaron said to Moses, "I beg you, my lord, do not cast a sin upon us, for we have been foolish and we have sinned.  12 Let her not be like a corpse, like one who leaves his mother's womb with half his flesh having been consumed!"

13 Moses cried out to Hashem, saying, "Please, Hashem, heal her now."

14 Hashem said to Moses, "Were her father to spit in her face, would she not be humiliated for seven days? Let her be quarantined outside the camp for seven days, and then she may be brought in."  15 So Miriam was quarantined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not journey until Miriam was brought in.  16 Then the people journeyed from Hazeroth, and they encamped in the Wilderness of Paran.

 


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