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Parsha Summary: Naso

Rabbi Stewart WeissSivan 13 5775
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The Torah assigns the exact Mishkan-related tasks to be performed by the families of Gershon, Kehat, & Merari, the sons of Levi, who number 8,000.

A husband who suspects his wife had been unfaithful brings her to the Temple. A kohen prepares a drink of water mixed with dust from the Temple floor & a special ink used for inscribing Hashem's name on a piece of parchment. If she is innocent, the potion does not harm
her; it brings a blessing of children. If she is guilty, she (& her lover) suffer a supernatural death.

A Nazir is one who vows to dedicate himself to G-d for a period of time. He must abstain from all grape products, grow his hair & avoid contact with corpses. At the end of this period he shaves his head & brings special offerings.

The Kohanim are commanded to bless the people. The 3-part Birkat Kohanim recited until today encapsulates the major blessings that humanity seeks from Hashem.

The Mishkan is completed & dedicated on the first of Nisan in the 2nd year after the Exodus. The prince of each tribe makes a communal gift to the Mishkan; each donates an identical gift of gold, silver, animal & meal offerings.

The Haftora from Shoftim describes the birth of Shimshon (Samson), who was also a Nazir.


Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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