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Words of the Parashah - Naso

Hebrew Word of the Week

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Naso

The Hebrew word of the week is naso ("to life, carry, take"), taken from the weekly Torah portion Naso. The word appears in the second verse of the parashah (i.e., Numbers 4:22):

Numbers 4:22

Take a census of the sons of Gershon also,
by their fathers' houses and by their clans (Num 4:22).

Related Words

Naso is the infinitive form of the verb nasa (Strong# 5375; TWOT #1421), a root word that means "to lift, bear up, carry, or take." Other words that share this root include:

Related Words

Other Words

Other words in parashat Naso that merit study and attention include:

Parashah-Related

Scripture Passages:

Psalm 116:13

I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. (Psalm 116:13)

The Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing)

In Numbers 6:24-27, note that the LORD does not command the kohanim (priests) to bless the people using their own words, but rather provides the exact formulation for the blessing, prefacing the instruction with the words: "Thus shall you bless."  This reveals that the blessing comes from the LORD Himself, and the priests are but the means for transmitting His gracious will. This is further indicated by the verse that immediately follows the birkat kohanim: "So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them" (Numbers 6:27).

Birkat Kohanim

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee,
and give thee peace.
(Num 6:24-26)

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