Society of Jewish Science Kabbalat Shabbat 6/7/24 – 7pm

Parshah Bamidbar

The name of the Parshah, “Bamidbar,” means “In the wilderness” and is found in Numbers 1:1. Here, in the journey from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land, the Hebrews are encamped by Mount Sinai when G-d tells them to conduct a census, a “raising of the head”, of the twelve tribes of Israel.  Initially, the firstborn sons were to serve in the sanctuary but the Levites are chosen to replace them, since many of the firstborn had participated in the idol worship of the Golden Calf.

In five days, we begin the Festival of Shavuot which marks the seven week period after Passover and the anniversary of when we received the Torah on Mount Sinai.  Does this holiday have anything to do with being in the wilderness, idolatry, serving in the sanctuary, or even “raising of the head”?  Does this Torah portion have any meaning for us today?  Come join us and let’s get into it!

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