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The weekly Torah portion of Nasso (Numbers 4:21–7:89)

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In Numbers 4:32 was each son of Merari responsible for a single part of the tabernacle?

In the census of Numbers 4, the workmen available were 3,200: JPS Numbers 4: 42And those that were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, by their families, by their fathers’ houses,...
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Why are the numbers not written down in Ki Sisa?

According to the very first Rashi in Seder Bamidbar: מתוך חיבתן לפניו מונה אותם כל שעה כשיצאו ממצרים מנאן וכשנפלו בעגל מנאן לידע מנין הנותרים כשבא להשרות שכינתו עליהן מנאן. באחד בניסן הוקם המשכן ...
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Zevulun or Yissachar: Who Goes First?

In Devarim 33:18 Rashi cites Breishit Rabbah 99:9 saying that Zevulun preceded Yissachar in receiving Moshe’s bracha because that shevet enabled Yissachar to learn Torah by providing for their ...
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Why is the term meilah used by a sotah?

The pasuk that speaks about a Sotah being unfaithful says that she committed meilah against her husband (bamidbar 5:12). I am only familiar with that term being used in connection with stealing or ...
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Why is the maftir for Chanukah the offerings of the nesiim?

In shul at Hanukah, after the weekly Torah reading is done, we read some verses from parasha Nasso which describe the nesiim of each tribe bringing offerings (the first offerings to the Mishkan I ...
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Can a husband 'un-warn' his wife to prevent her from becoming a sotah?

The Torah describes (starting in Bamidbar 5:11) the process of a husband warning his wife not to be secluded with a certain man. Then if she is secluded with that man for a certain amount of time and ...
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Inconsistent gender of מִנְחַת קְנָאֹת

In Parashat Naso, the verse says that כִּֽי־מִנְחַ֤ת קְנָאֹת֙ ה֔וּא (Bamidbar 5:15) in the masculine form, however a few pesukim later we hear that מִנְחַ֥ת קְנָאֹ֖ת הִ֑וא (Bamidbar 5:18) in the ...
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What is the difference between הִיא spelled with yud and הִיא spelled with a vav (הִוא), both meaning “she” in Parshat Naso? [duplicate]

Whenever the word הִיא is used in the Torah, it is either spelled with a yud (like הִיא) or with a vav (like הִוא). What is the difference in meaning between the two spellings? Additionally, in ...
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Why is there an extra “vav” when discussing the age range for the census of the Kehat family?

Kudos to my shul's chazzan for pointing out this anomaly... When discussing the census of Kehat, Bemidbar 4:3 says: מבן שלושים שנה ומעלה ועד בן חמשים שנה There is a vav before the word עד But, ...
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Why would an innocent sotah want to return to her husband?

There should presumably be two likely outcomes to the Sotah ordeal (Bamidbar 5:1-5:31) after drinking the embittering waters: Either she is guilty and then dies, or she is innocent and lives and goes ...
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Targum Onkelos on זה קרבן פלוני בן פלוני

At the end of Naso, there is a difference in the Stone chumash's Targum Onkelos (edit: it's the same in the Dirshu chumash) between Nachshon and the other nesiim. For Nachshon, it says: דין ...
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Why is Parshas HaSotah in Bamidbar?

Rashi writes that the reason Parshas HaNazir follows Sotah is because the future Nazir will see how wine led to the Sotah case and will now take an oath of Nazirus, forbidding wine to himself. But how ...
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Why the redundancy? [duplicate]

In Bamidbar 5:4, the Pasuk reads: וַיַּעֲשׂוּ כֵן בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיְשַׁלְּחוּ אוֹתָם אֶל מִחוּץ לַמַּחֲנֶה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה כֵּן עָשׂוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל Why this redundancy? ...
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176 verses in longest parasha, longest psalm and last page of longest Talmud tractate - what is the significance?

As was already noted before on MiYodeya, the longest parasha (Naso) has 176 verses the longest Psalm (119) has 176 verses the longest tractate of Talmud Bavli (Bava Batra) ends on daf 176 Is there ...
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what happens to the Sotah?

in the torah (Bamidbar 5:21) it says that when the guilty Sotah drinks the water, her "belly will swell and her thigh will fall." anyone have more details as to what this means. does it mean her leg ...
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Why does the Torah use the term עַשְׁתֵּֽי־עָשָׂ֥ר instead of אַחַ֨ד עָשָׂ֥ר for the number 11? [duplicate]

There are two places in the Torah that I can recall (if there are others, please inform me) where the term עַשְׁתֵּֽי־עָשָׂ֥ר is used for the number 11. Numbers 7:72: בְּיוֹם֙ עַשְׁתֵּ֣י עָשָׂ֣ר ...
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Scientific explanation for Sotah water

Is there a scientific way to understand the effect that the Sotah water has on a Sotah? Relevant verses below (Bamidbar chapter 5): יז: וְלָקַח הַכֹּהֵן מַיִם קְדֹשִׁים, בִּכְלִי-חָרֶשׂ; וּמִן-...
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Why is it allowed to become a Nazir

The Gemara says in Taanis 11a: דתניא ר' אלעזר הקפר ברבי אומר מה תלמוד לומר {במדבר ו-יא} וכפר עליו מאשר חטא על הנפש וכי באיזה נפש חטא זה אלא שציער עצמו מן היין והלא דברים קל וחומר ומה זה שלא ...
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Do you have to read the Targum of words that are repeated in the same sedrah?

According to the view (quoted here) that the reading of the Targum in shnaim mikro v’echod targum is to add layers of explanation to every word could one fulfil the mitzvo by reading the Targum ...
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What's up with those “drushy” Rashis in Nasso

In Bamidbar chapter 7, around verse 19, Rashi suddenly turns uncharacteristically "drushy". He starts bringing all kinds of gematrias about the korbanot that the nesiim bring. But the gematrias don't ...
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Timing of the Princes' Appointment

Parshas Bamidbar begins with the apparent appointing of 12 nesiim (princes) who would help Moshe with the counting (and presumably have some other administrative or authoritative role). Parshas Naso ...
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How Many Princes per Tribe?

In Numbers 7, we are told about the special offerings the princes of the Tribes brought to the Tabernacle. This is not the only time we hear of this position. Princes are present in Joshua 9 also, for ...
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What Was the Extent of the Princes' Authority?

In Numbers 7, we are told about the special offerings the princes of the Tribes brought to the Tabernacle. This is not the only time we hear of this position. Princes are present in Joshua 9 also, for ...
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How Were Princes of the Tribes Chosen?

In Numbers 7, we are told about the special offerings the princes of the Tribes brought to the Tabernacle. This is not the only time we hear of this position. Princes are present in Joshua 9 also, for ...
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Why would somebody become a nazir?

B'midbar chapter 6 explains the laws of one who vows to become a nazir, but I've long been puzzled by why one would do this. (Our most famous nazir was commanded in this; Shimshon didn't make that ...
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Why do we get “so did they do” for the commandment of expelling tamei people in Parashat Naso?

Parashat Naso, in Numbers 5:1-3, presents a commandment to "send from the camp" anyone who is tamei due to either tzara'at or a zav-type discharage. After that, we have Verse 4, affirming that the ...
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What happens if the accused sotah doesn't consent to the ritual?

Chapter 5 of B'midbar describes the ritual for the woman accused by her husband of adultery. It includes this, after the kohein declares to her what will happen: וְאָמְרָה הָאִשָּׁה, אָמֵן אָמֵן ...
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May the Sotah take the bitter waters intravenously?

In Naso, we read (Bamidbar 5:32) that the kohen blots out the curses (which include Hashem's name) in the bitter waters and then gives for the woman to drink (5:24). What if the woman is unable to ...
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Is Gezel Hager a Knas?

A knas (penalty) is never paid through the admission of the one who would pay it. For example, if someone steals $1 he has to pay $2 back, but if he returns the money by himself, he only pays $1 back, ...
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What was the purpose of Nachshon's sin-offering?

Nachshon ben Amminadav, and each of the eleven tribal leaders who followed him, offered "one young he-goat for a sin offering" as part of their gifts for the dedication of the Mishkan (Num. 7:16 ...
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Moshe talking to the Mizbeach?

Here are the last two psukim in parshat nasso: פח וְכֹל בְּקַר זֶבַח הַשְּׁלָמִים, עֶשְׂרִים וְאַרְבָּעָה פָּרִים, אֵילִם שִׁשִּׁים עַתֻּדִים שִׁשִּׁים, כְּבָשִׂים בְּנֵי-שָׁנָה שִׁשִּׁים: זֹאת ...