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1)

Earlier the Levi'im were counted from the age of one month. Why are they now being counted between the ages of thirty and fifty?

1.

Rashi: Because on of the tasks of the Levi'im was the transportation of the dismantled sections of the Mishkan, which required strength, and a person attains his full strength at the age of thirty, and it is at the age of fifty that it begins to wane. 1


1

Rashi: A fact which Chazal learn from here.

2)

How can we reconcile this Pasuk with the Pasuk in Bamidbar 8:24, which gives the age as twenty-five?

1.

Rashi (Ibid.): At the age of twenty-five, they came to do apprenticeship, and at thirty, they began doing the Avodah. 1


1

Rashi: From here the Gemara in Chulin, 24a, learns that a Talmid who has not seen a sign of improvement after five years, will never see one.

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