The taste of Shabbat – Parshat Bamidbar 5776
Rav Mordechai Elon
Our Parsha opens with the mitzvah to count the people of Israel, which is the reason that our rabbis call the book of Bamidbar "The book of the counted"
This name is less exciting than the names given by our rabbis to the other books . Bereshit is called the book of the just, Vayikra the book of the priests – our book is named after the two censuses – one made next to the mishkan before the journey to Eretz Yisrael, and on the banks of the River Jordon – before our entrance to the land.
The big question is how a book with so many things happening in it; Journeys, sins, wars, international relations, why is the census so important that Rashi names the whole book in it`s honour?