Naso (Take a census or elevate)

Priestly Blessing

Numbers 4:21 And יהוה spoke to Moses saying, 22 Take אֶת־ a count of the sons of Gershon, also, by the houses אֲבֹתָם of their fathers; by their families; 23 From thirty years old to fifty years old count אֹותָם them; all who will enter in to perform the service, to do the work in the Tabernacle of the Congregation. 24 זֹאת This is the duty of the families of the Gershonites, to serve and transport loads: 25 And they will carry אֶת־ the curtains of the Tabernacle וְאֶת־ and the Tabernacle of the Congregation, its covering and the covering of the badger’s skins (fine leather) above it וְאֶת־ and the screen for the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, 26 וְאֵת and the tapestries for the courtyard וְאֶת־ and the door of the gate of the courtyard, which is by the Tabernacle and around the altar וְאֵת and the ropes וְאֶת־ and all the utensils they need for their service וְאֵת and all that is made for them so they shall serve. C-MATS

Question: Besides carrying the Tabernacle, what service did the Gershonites perform? Part of their responsibility was to participate in the musical accompaniment of some of the public offerings. Chumash

Question: Were the Gershonites considered an inferior family because they were not chosen to carry the most sacred parts of the Tabernacle? The Kohathites carried the most sacred parts of the Tabernacle, while the Gershonites carried the less sacred. By saying as well, the Torah makes the point that both tasks are necessary for the Tabernacle and both should be done with equal joy. This is an implied message to people who may not have been successful in their studies of Torah or who cannot afford to contribute very large amounts to the poor. It is easy for such people to be discouraged and say that there is no use in their attempts to study or to make contributions that are not enough to solve all budgetary problems. To this, the Torah responds that whether one can bear the exalted Ark or only hooks and curtains, every role is significant, because each is a unique participant in the sacred service. Chumash

Question: What blessings are being bestowed on the Israelites?

יהוה bless you and keep you– Blessing for material prosperity. May your possessions increase, as well as the days of your life. יהוה blesses Israel with prosperity to enable the people to devote themselves to Torah study and fulfillment. The exact form of the blessing must depend on the needs of each individual. The student will be blessed in his learning and the merchant in his business, just as someone’s gratitude for יהוה’s blessing must be expressed according to the degree and form of the prosperity granted him.

יהוה make His face shine on you and be gracious to youSpiritual blessings of Torah knowledge and inspiration. May יהוה enlighten you so that you will be capable of perceiving the wondrous wisdom of the Torah and of יהוה’s intricate creation. יהוה sheds light upon His workings of the universe. Thus, we can perceive a purpose in creation that, in turn, helps us to better understand the greatness and will of the Creator.

יהוה lift up His face towards you and give you peace– יהוה’s compassion above and beyond what one deserves, as expressed in forgiveness of sin and the giving of peace. May יהוה suppress His anger, meaning that even if you are sinful, יהוה will show you special consideration and not punish you. One may have prosperity, health, food and drink, but if there is no peace it is all worthless. Therefore, the blessings are sealed with the gift of peace. Chumash