Numbers 1:1-4:20


In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to conduct a census of all the Israelite males over the age of twenty. Moses takes up a second census to count all of the Levite males. God gives specific instructions to the Levites about their roles in the Tent of Meeting.

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Moses conducted a census of the Israelites.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Making Sense of the Census
Rabbi Leslie Bergson, Hillel

A Wandering People
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS

A Map of Pluralism
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL

Two Halves of a Whole
Rabbi Dorothy Richman, AJWS

Naming Names
Rabbi Eric Yoffie, Union for Reform Judaism

On Child Soldiering
Noam Katz, AJWS


Standing Guard
Rabbi Phil Miller, socialaction.com


Spiritual Lessons of the Desert
Rabbi Jack Bieler


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

What is Parenting?
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Making Our Communities Inclusive
Cantor Rachel Spilker, Women of Reform Judaism

Questioning Chronology
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union

Self-Accounting in the Wilderness
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative


Through the Wilderness
Rabbi Irwin Kula, CLAL


Family and Fun

Parashat B’midbar for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Order versus Disorder
Torah Topics for Today


Learning from Adversity
Torah Topics for Today


Parashat B’midbar Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat B’midbar Challah
Julie Seltzer



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