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One week, starting the day after Passover. This recalled the Israelite slaves leaving Egypt in the sort of hurry that they didn’t have time to enable the bread dough upward push. First culmination. someday. Israelites thanked God for the 1st of the springtime barley harvest. Pentecost (also known as Harvest or Weeks). sooner or later. Held 50 days after the competition of First end result, to thank God for the ongoing harvest. Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah in Hebrew). in the future every one fall. Musicians blew trumpets to mark the start of the Jewish New yr. Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur in Hebrew). at some point each one fall. A national day of repentance. Shelters (also referred to as cubicles or Tabernacles). One week. Jews camped out in huts and lean-tos. It used to be to recollect how God secure the Israelites in the course of the Exodus. Passover lamb on a stick. Passover lambs grill above a pit fireplace in Israel. Jews stopped sacrificing animals after Romans tore down the Jerusalem temple in advert 70. yet Samaritans—a non secular crew that observes the legislation of Moses—didn’t worship in Jerusalem. A small neighborhood of Samaritans nonetheless sacrifice lambs each one Passover. NUMBERS Refugee census. alongside the shorelines of the pink Sea—before turning north to Canaan— Moses orders a census of fellows sufficiently old to struggle in conflict. ISRAEL’S SENTENCE: forty YEARS this could be the tale of the Israelites marching again into their place of birth. yet it’s the tale of them marching to the border—and then looking forward to a complete iteration of Israelites to die off. They’ve been camped on the foot of Mount Sinai for almost a 12 months. eventually, Moses tells them to damage camp. They trudge north towards Canaan, modern day Israel—complaining as they move. no longer sufficient water. now not adequate meat. And manna in spite of everything those months has develop into mundane. Months later, because the crowd of refugees ways Canaan’s southern border, Moses sends scouts to discover the land. they arrive again with a document that terrorizes the Israelites. partitions, armies, and giants safeguard the towns in Canaan. With that, the Exodus stops. The Israelites refuse to head any farther. For failing to belief God even with the entire miracles they've got noticeable him do for them, the Israelites are sentenced to forty years within the badlands. That’s lengthy adequate for many of the cowardly iteration to die. The Israelite native land will stay up for a brand new and more desirable generation—braver and extra obedient. Sentence served, a brand new iteration breaks camp, led by way of a 120-year-old Moses. he is taking them east into what's now Jordan. close to the banks of the Jordan River, the Israelites are ultimately prepared and prepared to reclaim the land God has promised them. the place Numbers will get its identify The booklet begins with a census. And it ends with one other census forty years later. because the Israelites left Mount Sinai to proceed their lengthy journey domestic, Moses desired to understand how many males have been on hand to struggle the battles they'd face. He repeated the census after the Israelites had served their 40-year sentence within the badlands. goodbye Sinai within the moment 12 months after Israel’s departure from Egypt—on the 20 th day of the second one month—the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle of the Covenant.