Parshat Bamidbar (In the Wilderness)

The Torah portion is Bamidbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20. In synagogues using the Triennial system, 5783 is year 1 and the Torah reading is Numbers 1:1-1:54.

This is the first parshah of the Book of Bamidbar, known in English as Numbers. The Hebrew name of the book, as with all parshiyot, is simply the first distinctive word in the parshah. This parshah provides a genealogy of the families as well as counts of healthy adult men and specifies the arrangement of the encampments. It also speaks of Aaron's descendants and the location, duties and branches of the tribe of Levi.

The haftarah is for Shabbat Before Rosh Chodesh, I Samuel 20:18-42. The story of David and Jonathan, in which Jonathan makes plans to warn David if he is in danger from Jonathan's father, King Saul. These plans were made on the day before Rosh Chodesh.