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Numbers Chapter 10 | Parsha: Be-ha'alotekha

1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2Have two silver trumpets made; make them of hammered work. They shall serve you to summon the community and to set the divisions in motion. 3When both are blown in long blasts, the whole community shall assemble before you at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting; 4and if only one is blown, the chieftains, heads of Israel’s contingents, shall assemble before you. 5But when you sound short blasts, the divisions encamped on the east shall move forward; 6and when you sound short blasts a second time, those encamped on the south shall move forward. Thus short blasts shall be blown for setting them in motion, 7while to convoke the congregation you shall blow long blasts, not short ones. 8The trumpets shall be blown by Aaron’s sons, the priests; they shall be for you an institution for all time throughout the ages.

9 When you are at war in your land against an aggressor who attacks you, you shall sound short blasts on the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God and be delivered from your enemies. 10And on your joyous occasions—your fixed festivals and new moon days—you shall sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I, the Lord, am your God.

11In the second year, on the twentieth day of the second month, the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle of the Pact 12and the Israelites set out on their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai. The cloud came to rest in the wilderness of Paran.

13When the march was to begin, at the Lord’s command through Moses, 14the first standard to set out, troop by troop, was the division of Judah. In command of its troops was Nahshon son of Amminadab; 15in command of the tribal troop of Issachar, Nethanel son of Zuar; 16and in command of the tribal troop of Zebulun, Eliab son of Helon.

17Then the Tabernacle would be taken apart; and the Gershonites and the Merarites, who carried the Tabernacle, would set out.

18The next standard to set out, troop by troop, was the division of Reuben. In command of its troop was Elizur son of Shedeur; 19in command of the tribal troop of Simeon, Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai; 20and in command of the tribal troop of Gad, Eliasaph son of Deuel.

21Then the Kohathites, who carried the sacred objects, would set out; and by the time they arrived, the Tabernacle would be set up again.

22The next standard to set out, troop by troop, was the division of Ephraim. In command of its troop was Elishama son of Ammihud; 23in command of the tribal troop of Manasseh, Gamaliel son of Pedahzur; 24and in command of the tribal troop of Benjamin, Abidan son of Gideoni.

25Then, as the rear guard of all the divisions, the standard of the division of Dan would set out, troop by troop. In command of its troop was Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai; 26in command of the tribal troop of Asher, Pagiel son of Ochran; 27and in command of the tribal troop of Naphtali, Ahira son of Enan.

28Such was the order of march of the Israelites, as they marched troop by troop.

29Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place of which the Lord has said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will be generous with you; for the Lord has promised to be generous to Israel.”

30“I will not go,” he replied to him, “but will return to my native land.” 31He said, “Please do not leave us, inasmuch as you know where we should camp in the wilderness and can be our guide. 32So if you come with us, we will extend to you the same bounty that the Lord grants us.”

33They marched from the mountain of the Lord a distance of three days. The Ark of the Covenant of the Lord traveled in front of them on that three days’ journey to seek out a resting place for them; 34and the Lord’s cloud kept above them by day, as they moved on from camp.

35When the Ark was to set out, Moses would say:
Advance, O Lord!
May Your enemies be scattered,
And may Your foes flee before You!

36And when it halted, he would say:
Return, O Lord,
You who are Israel’s myriads of thousands!

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