Naso (Take a census)

Numbers 4:21 And יהוה spoke to Moses saying, 22 Take את־ a count of the sons of Gershon, also, by the houses אבֹתם of their fathers; by their families; 23 From thirty years old to fifty years old count אותם 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 את־ the curtains of the Tabernacle וְאת־ and the Tabernacle of the Congregation, its covering and the covering of the badger’s skins (fine leather) above it וְאת־ and the screen for the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, 26 וְאת and the tapestries for the courtyard וְאת־ and the door of the gate of the courtyard, which is by the Tabernacle and around the altar וְאת and the ropes וְאת־ and all the utensils they need for their service וְאת and all that is made for them so they shall serve. C-MATS

Question: Besides carrying the Tabernacle, what service did they 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: How was each task assigned to the Levites? Each Levite must be named to his specific task, rather than an entire family being assigned in a general manner. This rule applied to the Kohathites and Gershonites, too, but it was important to spell it out for the Merarites. Since they carried the heaviest parts of the Tabernacle, it was necessary to make sure that each individual had a fair share of the burden. (Chumash)