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Torah Trek 131 “An omen against the rebellious sons”

The sons of Israel includes a rebellious lot of trouble makers. The lot of the Levite is to warn them and keep them in check, by the authority of the almond branch, Aaron’s rod, which budded and bore fruit.

Torah 131 Numbers 17/18

כה וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, הָשֵׁב אֶת-מַטֵּה אַהֲרֹן לִפְנֵי הָעֵדוּת, לְמִשְׁמֶרֶת לְאוֹת, לִבְנֵי-מֶרִי; וּתְכַל תְּלוּנֹּתָם מֵעָלַי, וְלֹא יָמֻתוּ. 25
And the LORD said unto Moses:
‘Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept there, for an omen against the rebellious sons;
that there may be made an end of their murmurings against Me, that they die not.’

כו וַיַּעַשׂ, מֹשֶׁה: כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָה אֹתוֹ, כֵּן עָשָׂה. {פ} 26
Thus did Moses;
as the LORD commanded him, so did he. {P}

כז וַיֹּאמְרוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵאמֹר: הֵן גָּוַעְנוּ אָבַדְנוּ, כֻּלָּנוּ אָבָדְנוּ. 27
And the sons of Israel spoke unto Moses, saying:
‘Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.

כח כֹּל הַקָּרֵב הַקָּרֵב אֶל-מִשְׁכַּן יְהוָה, יָמוּת; הַאִם תַּמְנוּ, לִגְו‍ֹעַ. {ס} 28
Every one that cometh near, that cometh near unto the tabernacle of the LORD, is to die;
shall we wholly perish?’ {S}

Chapter 18

א וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה, אֶל-אַהֲרֹן, אַתָּה וּבָנֶיךָ וּבֵית-אָבִיךָ אִתָּךְ, תִּשְׂאוּ אֶת-עֲו‍ֹן הַמִּקְדָּשׁ; וְאַתָּה וּבָנֶיךָ אִתָּךְ, תִּשְׂאוּ אֶת-עֲו‍ֹן כְּהֻנַּתְכֶם. 1
And the LORD said unto Aaron:
‘Thou and thy sons and thy fathers’ house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary;
and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.

ב וְגַם אֶת-אַחֶיךָ מַטֵּה לֵוִי שֵׁבֶט אָבִיךָ, הַקְרֵב אִתָּךְ, וְיִלָּווּ עָלֶיךָ, וִישָׁרְתוּךָ; וְאַתָּה וּבָנֶיךָ אִתָּךְ, לִפְנֵי אֹהֶל הָעֵדֻת. 2
And thy brethren also, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou near with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee, thou and thy sons with thee being before the tent of the testimony.

ג וְשָׁמְרוּ, מִשְׁמַרְתְּךָ, וּמִשְׁמֶרֶת, כָּל-הָאֹהֶל: אַךְ אֶל-כְּלֵי הַקֹּדֶשׁ וְאֶל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ לֹא יִקְרָבוּ, וְלֹא-יָמֻתוּ גַם-הֵם גַּם-אַתֶּם. 3
And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the Tent;
only they shall not come nigh unto the holy furniture and unto the altar, that they die not, neither they, nor ye.

ד וְנִלְווּ עָלֶיךָ–וְשָׁמְרוּ אֶת-מִשְׁמֶרֶת אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד, לְכֹל עֲבֹדַת הָאֹהֶל; וְזָר, לֹא-יִקְרַב אֲלֵיכֶם. 4
And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tent of meeting, for all the work of the Tent may be;
but a profane man shall not draw nigh unto you.

ה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם, אֵת מִשְׁמֶרֶת הַקֹּדֶשׁ, וְאֵת, מִשְׁמֶרֶת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ; וְלֹא-יִהְיֶה עוֹד קֶצֶף, עַל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל. 5
And ye shall keep the charge of the holy things, and the charge of the altar, that there be wrath no more upon the sons of Israel.

ו וַאֲנִי, הִנֵּה לָקַחְתִּי אֶת-אֲחֵיכֶם הַלְוִיִּם, מִתּוֹךְ, בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל–לָכֶם מַתָּנָה נְתֻנִים, לַיהוָה, לַעֲבֹד, אֶת-עֲבֹדַת אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד. 6
And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the sons of Israel;
for you they are given as a gift unto the LORD, to do the service of the tent of meeting.

ז וְאַתָּה וּבָנֶיךָ אִתְּךָ תִּשְׁמְרוּ אֶת-כְּהֻנַּתְכֶם לְכָל-דְּבַר הַמִּזְבֵּחַ, וּלְמִבֵּית לַפָּרֹכֶת–וַעֲבַדְתֶּם; עֲבֹדַת מַתָּנָה, אֶתֵּן אֶת-כְּהֻנַּתְכֶם, וְהַזָּר הַקָּרֵב, יוּמָת. {פ} 7
And thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priesthood in everything that pertaineth to the altar, and to that within the veil;
and ye shall serve;
I give you the priesthood as a service of gift;
and the profane man that draweth nigh shall be put to death.’ {P}

ח וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה, אֶל-אַהֲרֹן, וַאֲנִי הִנֵּה נָתַתִּי לְךָ, אֶת-מִשְׁמֶרֶת תְּרוּמֹתָי: לְכָל-קָדְשֵׁי בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל לְךָ נְתַתִּים לְמָשְׁחָה, וּלְבָנֶיךָ–לְחָק-עוֹלָם. 8
And the LORD spoke unto Aaron:
‘And I, behold, I have given thee the charge of My heave-offerings;
even of all the hallowed things of the sons of Israel unto thee have I given them for a consecrated portion, and to thy sons, as a due for ever.

ט זֶה-יִהְיֶה לְךָ מִקֹּדֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִׁים, מִן-הָאֵשׁ: כָּל-קָרְבָּנָם לְכָל-מִנְחָתָם וּלְכָל-חַטָּאתָם, וּלְכָל-אֲשָׁמָם אֲשֶׁר יָשִׁיבוּ לִי–קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים לְךָ הוּא, וּלְבָנֶיךָ. 9
This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire:
every offering of theirs, even every meal-offering of theirs, and every sin-offering of theirs, and every guilt-offering of theirs, which they may render unto Me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons.

י בְּקֹדֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִׁים, תֹּאכְלֶנּוּ; כָּל-זָכָר יֹאכַל אֹתוֹ, קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה-לָּךְ. 10
In a most holy place shalt thou eat thereof;
every male may eat thereof;
it shall be holy unto thee.

יא וְזֶה-לְּךָ תְּרוּמַת מַתָּנָם, לְכָל-תְּנוּפֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל–לְךָ נְתַתִּים וּלְבָנֶיךָ וְלִבְנֹתֶיךָ אִתְּךָ, לְחָק-עוֹלָם: כָּל-טָהוֹר בְּבֵיתְךָ, יֹאכַל אֹתוֹ. 11
And this is thine:
the heave-offering of their gift, even all the wave-offerings of the sons of Israel;
I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with thee, as a due for ever;
every one that is clean in thy house may eat thereof.

יב כֹּל חֵלֶב יִצְהָר, וְכָל-חֵלֶב תִּירוֹשׁ וְדָגָן–רֵאשִׁיתָם אֲשֶׁר-יִתְּנוּ לַיהוָה, לְךָ נְתַתִּים. 12
All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the corn, the first part of them which they give unto the LORD, to thee have I given them.

יג בִּכּוּרֵי כָּל-אֲשֶׁר בְּאַרְצָם, אֲשֶׁר-יָבִיאוּ לַיהוָה–לְךָ יִהְיֶה: כָּל-טָהוֹר בְּבֵיתְךָ, יֹאכְלֶנּוּ. 13
The first-ripe fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring unto the LORD, shall be thine;
every one that is clean in thy house may eat thereof.

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