Naso Text Study

A Blessing for an Activist Community

Inspired by the priestly benediction.

The Priestly Benediction

Those who link themselves with God and the people of Israel will indeed be blessed.


Numbers 4:21-7:89

The Stability of the Priestly Blessing

The priestly blessing with which parents bless their children on Shabbat gives parents an opportunity to partner with God in shaping Jewish history and ensuring continuity.

Punishment To Fit The Crime And The Confession

The biblical approach stands in sharp contrast to American federal sentencing guidelines.

Pure And Unadulterated, Sotah And Rabbi Meir

A midrash on the Sotah ritual emphasizes the lengths to which we go to bring peace between spouses.

Parashat Nasso: Summary

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.

Human Vessels For Blessing

By asking the priests to bless the people, God gives them an opportunity to serve as role models of caring for the people.

The Service Of Song

The duty of the Levites to accompany the Tabernacle service with music and song reminds us to serve God with joy.

The Nazirite–A Sacred Volunteer

The nazirite exemplifies actively choosing a sacred status with a higher level of responsibility.