These words introduce the count of the tribe of Levi. However, the Bible goes on to count only the descendants of Aharon and not those of Moshe, Levi’s most famous offspring. According to the sages, Aharon’s descendants were considered to be Moshe’s as well, since Moshe was the one who taught them God’s word. Aharon was their biological father, providing them with a physical life, while Moshe became their spiritual father, providing for them a life of fulfillment and holiness. Without a spiritual life, their physical lives would have been lacking, devoid of meaning and purpose. How great it is to spread God’s message to others, for in doing so you are giving them life. This coming Tuesdaynight is the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, known as Feast of Weeks, the time when the Jewish people rejoice over the giving of the Torah, the source of all spirituality, at
Mount Sinai, just 7 weeks following the Exodus from Egypt.