Naso – Take – “A Prayer of Peace” – 03 June 2017 – 09 Sivan 5777

by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week’s Torah portion, Naso or “Take,” has a diverse variety of subjects to contemplate. It begins by completing the instructions about the Levites that concluded Bamidbar(Numbers 1:1-4:20).[1] This census has been conducted to number the three Levite clans that were responsible for the Tabernacle and its transportation. The Gershonites, the Merarites, and the Kohathites … Continue reading Naso – Take – “A Prayer of Peace” – 03 June 2017 – 09 Sivan 5777

Naso (Take) – “Blessings and Shalom”

Naso (Take) Numbers 4:21-7:89 Judges 13:2-25 "Blessings and Shalom" The most striking feature in this week’s Torah portion, Naso, is the reciting of what has become known as the Aaronic Benediction. While a standard feature of the Jewish liturgical tradition and of the weekly Shabbat service, Christians are certainly familiar with this blessing as well: “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, … Continue reading Naso (Take) – “Blessings and Shalom”