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Where did the sons of Moshe go?

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14.05.2021

“This is the lineage of Aaron and Moshe at the time that the Lord spoke with Moshe on Mount Sinai” (Bamidbar 3,1).

As we open the Book of Bamidbar, we should be familiar with Aaron’s four sons. Back in Parshat Shemini, we read the shocking story of the death of his two eldest sons Nadav and Avihu. And we’ll hear more in this parsha and going forward about his two remaining sons, Elazar and Itamar.

But what about Moshe’s two sons, Gershom and Eliezer? We haven’t heard anything about them in the entire Book of Vayikra. And as we will see here, they are a glaring omission in our parsha as well.

At the beginning of Chapter 3 the text details the offspring of Aaron and Moshe. But look closely at the passages and notice if you see something missing:

“This is the lineage of Aaron and Moses at the time that the Lord spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai. These were the names of Aaron’s sons: Nadav, the first-born, and Avihu, Eleazar and Itamar” (Bamidbar 3,1-2).

Did you catch it? Where are the offspring of Moshe? Where are Gershom and Eliezer? Even if they had died, they should still have been mentioned, like Aaron’s two eldest sons who died when they brought a “strange fire” to the Mishkan on the day of its inauguration.

According to some commentators, if we continue reading in this chapter, in passage 27 we see that the family of Amram is named and counted along with the other heads of the Tribe of Levi. But this only confuses the issue more. Why are Moshe’s children hinted to here, but not mentioned by name above like Aaron’s children, since the passage says, “These are the offspring of Moshe”?!

One possibility is that the........

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