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Parashat B'midbar (June 4, 2016)
by Rachel Brumberg

THIS WEEK WE START READING THE FOURTH BOOK OF THE TORAH. Our Torah portion takes its name from this book: B’midbar. B’midbar translates to “in the wilderness” and thus sets the scene for where this book takes place. The English name for this book is “Numbers” and is equally as telling, as this week’s parashah starts with a census of the Israelites. Tribe by tribe the generations were listed and counted as they stood in the Sinai desert. They also were told where to camp and in what order to march.

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