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נשׂא - "Take (a Census)"

Weekly parashah #35: Naso

  • Torah: B'midbar (Numbers) 4:21-7:89
  • Haftarah: Shof'tim (Judges) 13:2-25
  • Greek Scriptures: Yochanan (John) 3-4
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Numbers 4:21-22

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Take a census of the sons of Gershon also, by their fathers' households, by their families;

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The Hebrew Word


Naso (Strong's #5375) a primitive root which means "to lift", "bear up, "carry", or "take". It is used 670 times in 611 verses in the Tanakh. This is the same root word which is used to form part of the name of Parashah Ki Tisa.

First use in Scripture

The first time naso is used in Scripture is in Genesis 4:13.

Genesis 4:13

Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is too great to bear!


Last use in Scripture

The last time naso is used in Scripture is in Malachi 2:9.

Malachi 2:9

"So I also have made you despised and abased before all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality [lit: lifting; as in lifting one side of a scale so as to create an inaccurate measurement] in the instruction.


Parashah Outline

  • Duties of the Gershonites - Numbers 4:21
  • Duties of the Merarites - Numbers 4:29
  • On Defilement - Numbers 5:1
  • The Test for an Adulterous Wife- Numbers 5:11
  • Law of the Nazirites - Numbers 6:1
  • Aharon's Benediction - Numbers 6:22
  • Offerings of the Leaders - Numbers 7:1


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