Parasha Bamidbar (in the desert)

Parasha Bamidbar (in the desert)

"Take a census of the entire assembly of Israel according to their families, according to their parental houses " (Bamidbar 1: 2)

In this parsha he teaches us about the census that was carried out on the Children of Israel to find out how many there were. Being that the whole Torah has the objective of teaching us how we should behave.

What does the census of the Israelites teach us?
Why is each tribe counted separately and not all tribes together? Likewise, after all the tribes have been counted and how many there were, the members of Levi's tribe are counted separately.

The Creator ordered: "But you shall not count the tribe of Levi nor count them in the midst of the
Children of Israel" (Bamidbar 1:49)

What distinguished them so that they were registered separately? Furthermore, the number of Levites had to be parallel to the number of the firstborn of Israel.

The great commentator Rashi explains this by saying that the firstborn should have been in charge of the service in the Bet Hamikdash, but because they sinned with the Golden Calf their position was taken by the Levites. However, since there were more firstborn than Levites (there were two hundred and seventy-three firstborn more than the number of Levites), Hashem ordered to redeem them with five shekalim each, as it is written:
“You shall take five shekalim as a head… You will give the money to Aharon and his sons for redemptions of
their surplus ”(Bamidbar 3: 47-48).

Hashem is Almighty and could have given birth to another two hundred and seventy-three Levites so that there would be a number parallel to the firstborn. Why was it necessary for there to be more firstborn than Levites?
To answer this question we will remember that the purpose of the census was to show how much the Creator loved Israel; so that we understand that for Hashem each Jew is a valuable treasure, a beloved son, as the verse says:

" My firstborn son to is Israel" (Shemot 4:22).

And it is also written:
"You are children of the Eternal, your God."

Because the Creator loves us, he watches us and tells us over and over again, as Rashi explains: “Because he loved them, he counted them over and over again: when he left of Egypt,
when they sinned with the Golden Calf, before set His Presence upon them. That is why the census was carried out by tribes, to remind us that each of them was unique and important ”.

The teaching of this Parasha is the following: Just as the Blessed Creator loves his children and consequently counts them, so also each of us must love our fellow men.

As the Torah says: " he loves your neighbor as yourself."

We must concern ourselves with all the needs of our fellow men, and be extremely careful not to damage their honor.
Just as Hashem loves his children, so each one must love and value his neighbor. How do you get
this level?

The answer is Bamidbar (in the desert), when one turns oneself into a desert that everyone treads (that is, with humility), in this way the ability to honor and value others is reinforced. Just as he who wishes to have the merit of acquiring the Torah must turn himself into a desert, as our Sages (Eruvín 54a) said: " S i becomes himself in a desert, he will receive as a gift the
Torah "

The same happens to acquire this level of relationship with others:

It is necessary to become a desert and behave with humility.

Unfortunately, the proud person thinks that he deserves everything and thinks that everything was created in his honor and consequently he is not willing to give up or give anything to his fellow man, he gets angry for any detail or situation that does not seem to him and is Forget the great precept of "Hacarat ha tob" (recognize the good that his neighbor does or did him at some point) Like being "badly grateful", who does not recognize the good that his neighbor does or did, then it is a lie that he recognizes the favors of the Creator, or sooner or later he will end up ignoring them as well.

But when the person feels like a desert and behaves with humility, he is open to think of his neighbor, honor him and value him.

Dedicated to the healing of all the sick of Am Israel and the entire world, and for the protection of all those in need.

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