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Ki Tisa

 30:11  30:12
30:11 First Reading
God spoke to Moses saying:
Vayedaber Adonay el-Moshe lemor.
30:12 When you take a census of the Israelites to determine their numbers, each one shall be counted by giving an atonement offering for his life. In this manner, they will not be stricken by the plague when they are counted.
Ki tisa et-rosh beney-Yisra'el lifkudeyhem venatnu ish kofer nafsho l'Adonay bifkod otam velo-yihyeh vahem negef bifkod otam.


God spoke...
  Some say that this was after the sin of the Golden Calf (Yerushalmi, Shekalim 2:3).

take a census
  (Targum; Saadia). Literally, 'when you lift the head.' See Genesis 40:13,20.

to determine their numbers
  Or, 'to count each one separately' (Saadia). Pakad in Hebrew. See Genesis 21:1.

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