36 Nasso

 נָשֹא אֶת־ראשׁ בְּנֵי גֵרְשׁוֹן גַּם־הֵם לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם׃

Also take a census of the sons of Gershon, by their fathers’ house, by their families.

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

June 6 2020

Nasso
“Elevate”

Numbers 4:21-7:89

Judges 13:2-25

Acts 21:17-32

 

Since Creation, God craved intimacy with humanity. Those who observe God’s yearning love, of course, want to return and proclaim their love back to our Creator.

Parashat Nasso provides the script for one of the more penetrating segments of the Hebrew liturgy — the birkat kohanim, or priestly blessing. This blessing has remained an inspiring means of praying to God in both the Jewish and Christian traditions. In this Torah portion, God commands the blessing to Moses, who is to teach it to Aaron and his sons, the kohanim, or priests.

At the beginning we read about Gershon and Merari a Levite Families who where appointed with the role of caring for the structure of the Mishkan (Tabernacle,the portable sanctuary in the desert), its cloths, its equipment, its posts and their sockets, its planks, pegs, and furnishings, while Aaron and his family were given the responsibility of overseeing the actual service in the Mishkan.

God speaks to Moses and commands him to communicate the text of the ritual blessing with his brother Aaron. Nowhere do the words that the Priest utter have the force of a blessing, so that they are the vehicle through which the blessing of God is conveyed to the people, their part is to place the name of God on the people of Israel, so that the people of Israel shall be a vehicle for His Divine Presence. Num. 6:23 "Speak to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Israel. Say to them." The priests were to pronounce the benediction, but at the end the Lord says (v. 27), "Thus they shall link My name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them.