Naso: A Summary of the Parashah

God describes the service of the Gershon family of Levites; laws relating to the suspected adulteress and the nazirite are given; God tells Moses and Aaron the priestly blessing; the heads of tribes bring gifts to the Tabernacle.

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It came to pass even on the day when Moses has finished setting up the Dwelling Place and sanctified and anointed it that the heads of the tribes brought near offerings before God. These offerings include money, animals, flour, incense, gold and silver.
And when Moses went into the Tent of Appointed Meeting to speak with God, Moses heard the voice from above the cover that was upon the Ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim.

Questions For Discussion

1. What do you think God's voice sounds like when it comes from the Ark of the Testimony? Can you hear God's voice? What does God's voice sound like to you?

2. Why do you think women were not counted among the tribes? If a counting was made today, do you think it would include women? Why or why not?

3. Both woman and men could become a Nazarite by making resolve to take the vow to follow specific, almost priestly, rules. What does this teach us about spiritual equality?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

Nancy Reuben Greenfield has written three adaptations of the Torah, including an
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