Parshat Naso - Could the Nazarite Vow be an answer to Addiction? This and more in this week's Torah Study Guide

 

Parshat Naso

 

SUMMARY: The name of the parsha is Naso, which means ‘count’ and is found in Numbers 4:21–7:89.  Here Elohim describes the service of the Gershon family of Levites; laws relating to the suspected adulteress and the nazirite are given; God tells Moses and Aaron the priestly blessing; the heads of tribes bring gifts to the Tabernacle.


TORAH CHALLENGE:   Read the parsha, annotate and journal key ideas and vocabulary words.  Note any questions or connections to other readings.  Select a topic below to study or create your own.

 


1) BASIC INTERLINEAR READING
 

  • READ & ANNOTATE:  To answer the challenge, study the interlinear or Hebrew/English parsha and use annotation marks to identify key ideas and words.  
  • MAP THE MITZVOTE - As you read, annotate, map out or list the mitzvote concerning the laws of sotah (test of an aduterous wife) and of the nazar.  Note any reflections or questions.
  • WORD STUDY: Highlight new words and use Quizlet or other tools to study new vocabulary.  QUIZLET - https://quizlet.com/924388108/parshat-naso-flash-cards/?i=3c74x7&x=1jqt

 

2) LAW OF SOTAH & NAZARITE VOW - Sobriety & Purity


BIG QUESTION: How are the law of sotah and the nazarite vow connected? 

ARTICLE STUDIES: Why does the law of the nazarite come right after the law of sota or test of adultery?  These articles explore the connection between wine and sexual immorality or abstaining from wine and purity.  Read at least one article on this topic, annotate/journal, share reflections. 


Extended Study:


MAP THE MITZVOTE:  Study intoxication and sexual immorality in Tanakh (using primary resources) to get a good working understanding of the mitzvote and admonishments concerning both. Journal, list and/or map your findings, share reflections. 


DIG DEEPER (Hebrew word study)Investigate.  What is intoxication from a Hebrew perspective?  Can one be intoxicated with substances other than alcohol?  What is fornication and/or adultery from a Hebrew perspective? Are there any figurative meanings? How are these two topics in parsha relative to the times?  Study, journal, share reflections. 


3) PRIESTLY BLESSING


BIG QUESTION: How is the Priestly Blessing connected to the covenant? 

RESEARCH:  Through Torah study, we understand that Elohim’s blessings of the children of Israel are conditional, i.e. for those who enter a covenant relationship with Him.  i.e. YHWH promises to bless those who obey His covenant, while those who break it reap the curses, which are quite severe.  Thus, we understand that when a priest utters the priestly blessing, He is invoking the Name of YHWH in order to pronounce the blessings of the covenant upon His obedient ones. What are the blessings of the covenant throughout Torah? Study the promised blessings of the covenant using primary resources of your choice.  Take notes and synthesize your ideas. 


Extended study:  Select an article below.  Journal, map and/or illustrate major themes.

 



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