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Parashat B'midbar (May 23, 2015)
by Rabbi Rena Y. Rifkin

THIS SHABBAT, we begin the fourth book of the Torah: Numbers (B’midbar). In the first few verses of this book, God asks Moses to take a census. But God is not asking Moses simply to do a head count. The time has come to take account of all of God’s chosen people. So Moses counts each person and helps God to take each person into account.


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