What is the meaning of "u'Fekudav asher Tzivah Hashem es Moshe"?


Rashi Ramban #1, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan 1 : It means that the numbers that Moshe counted <i>were just as Hashem had commanded him, 2 not less than thirty and not more than fifty.


Ramban #2 (citing Ibn Ezra): This refers to all the members of Gershon, K'has and Merari


See Ramban, who has a different text in Rashi.


Ramban: As if it had written "Ka'asher" (with a 'Kaf').


As the Ramban explained in Bamidbar. Refer to 4:32:3:1**. No ben Levi was permitted to perform a Melachah to which he was not designated. In fact the Sifri relates an episode where R. Yehoshua ben Chananyah, who was a singer, went to assist R. Yochanan ben Gudgodah to shut the gates, and the latter stopped him, because a singer who opens or shuts the gates is Chayav Misah (bi'Yedei Shamayim).


Seforno: As the Torah indicated earlier in Pasuk 32.

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