B’midbar (Numbers 1:1−4:20)
This Week’s Torah Portion: B’midbar (Numbers 1:1−4:20)
The name of the 4th book in the Torah is Numbers in English and in the dessert in Hebrew.
It is a book about census; time and again the Israelites are counted. However unlike our current census here in the USA (if you have not fulfilled your civic duty, this is a reminder), only men are counted.
While the book of Exodus taught us that because of righteous women we were redeemed from Egypt, the book of Numbers tells us that there is a lot that demands Tikkun, repair, and corrections in our world, and one of the injustices we still need to combat is the way our society does not count each and every one of us.