Sefer Pekudim, “The Book of Numbers.” I love numbers. I love rithmatic. I love kalculus. I love trigonomitree. And I love spell-check (which I forget to use some tymes.)
These are special numbers, not the numbers of your bike’s combination lock or code to your house. These are the numbers of our 3 forefathers… Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov; our 4 foremothers Sarah, Rivkah, Rochel, Leah (get it?… Our four foremothers); our 12 Tribes, starting with Reuven until Binyamin; and 70 members of Yaakov’s family who traveled down to Egypt.
This week’s Parsha begins the fourth volume of the 5 Books of the Torah, the Book of BaMidbar, also called by our great Sages – Sefer Pekudim, “The Book of Numbers.”
Although, just a short while ago, the day after Yom Kippur, HaShem commanded Moshe to take a census of Bnei Yisrael, once again, a little over a half year later, HaShem requested from Moshe to do it again! And believe it or not, the total count came out to be the exact same number – 603,350 men between the ages of 20 and 60!
Later on in Sefer BaMidbar, in Parshas Pinchas, HaShem commanded Moshe to take yet another census. That one occurred 38 years later, just before they entered Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.
So the Book of Numbers is all about… you guessed it: numbers!