Be-Midbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)
explained by Rick Ortiz. God tells Moses he wants him to count all the people, a census. The form of the camp and where each tribe and how many is pictured. “And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai in the tent of meeting on the first day of the second month in the second year.” To count all the males 20 and up who could go to war. The Levites were not to be counted among them, since they were to be in place of the firstborns. Then a census of the Levites was taken, of males one month old and upward. (Numbers 3 and 40).