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1)

What was the purpose of the test of the sticks?

1.

Rashi (on Pasuk 25), Ramban #1 (on Pasuk 6, citing Ibn Ezra) and Rashbam: To prove that Hashem had chosen the Kohanim to serve in the Mishkan. 1

2.

Ramban #2: To prove that Hashem had chosen the tribe of Levi 2 to serve in the Mishkan. 3


1

Refer to 17:6:1:3* & 17:25:1:1.

2

Pasuk 23 specifically writes "le'Veis Levi" in support of the Ramban.

3

Refer to 17:6:1:3 & 17:25:1:2 & 3.

2)

Since Levi too had a stick, how come there were only twelve sticks?

1.

Ramban: Because Yosef was counted as one tribe. 1


1

Ramban: Since Yisrael are always counted as twelve tribes

3)

What exactly, was written on each stick?

1.

Ramban #1 (citing some commentaries): The name of the tribe was written on each stick

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