The second Torah Portion of the book of B’midbar/Numbers is Naso, which means “Take.” This is the 35th Torah Portion.
Torah Portion: Numbers 4:21 – 7:89
Haftorah Portions: Judges 13:2-25
Apostolic Writings: Acts 21:17-32
You can read or listen to the portions below:
There was a man from Tzor‘ah from the family of Dan, whose name was Manoach; his wife was barren, childless. The angel of HaShem appeared to the woman and said to her, “Listen! You are barren, you haven’t had a child, but you will conceive and bear a son. Now, therefore, be careful not to drink any wine or other intoxicating liquor, and don’t eat anything unclean. For indeed you will conceive and bear a son. No razor is to touch his head, because the child will be a nazir for G-d from the womb. Moreover, he will begin to rescue Isra’el from the power of the P’lishtim.”
The woman came and told her husband; she said, “A man of G-d came to me; his face was fearsome, like that of the angel of G-d. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name. But he said to me, ‘Listen! You will conceive and bear a son, so now don’t drink any wine or other intoxicating liquor, and don’t eat anything unclean, because the child will be a nazir for G-d from the womb until the day he dies.’”
Then Manoach prayed to HaShem, “Please, HaShem, let the man of G-d you sent come again to us and teach us what we should do for the child who will be born.” G-d paid attention to what Manoach said, and the angel of G-d came again to the woman as she sat in the field, but her husband Manoach wasn’t with her. The woman hurried and ran to tell her husband, “Here! That man, the one who came to me the other day, he’s come again!” Manoach got up, followed his wife, went to the man and said to him, “Are you the man who spoke to the woman?” He answered, “I am.” Manoach asked, “Now, when what you said comes true, what are the guidelines for raising the child? What should be done for him?” The angel of HaShem said to Manoach, “The woman should take care to do everything I said to her. She shouldn’t eat anything that comes from a grapevine, she shouldn’t drink wine or other intoxicating liquor, and she shouldn’t eat anything unclean. She should do everything I ordered her to do.”
Manoach said to the angel of HaShem, “Please stay with us a bit longer, so that we can cook a young goat for you.” The angel of HaShem said to Manoach, “Even if I do stay, I won’t eat your food; and if you prepare a burnt offering, you must offer it to HaShem.” For Manoach did not know that he was the angel of HaShem. Manoach said to the angel of HaShem, “Tell us your name, so that when your words come true we can honor you.” The angel of HaShem answered him, “Why are you asking about my name? It is wonderful.” Manoach took the kid and the grain offering and offered them on the rock to HaShem. Then, with Manoach and his wife looking on, the angel did something wonderful — as the flame went up toward the sky from the altar, the angel of HaShem went up in the flame from the altar. When Manoach and his wife saw it, they fell to the ground on their faces. But the angel of HaShem did not appear again to Manoach or his wife. Then Manoach realized it had been the angel of HaShem. Manoach said to his wife, “We will surely die, because we have seen G-d!” But his wife said to him, “If HaShem had wanted to kill us, he wouldn’t have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from us, and he wouldn’t have shown us all this or told us such things at this time.”
The woman bore a son and called him Shimshon. The child grew, and HaShem blessed him. The Spirit of HaShem began to stir him when he was in the Camp of Dan, between Tzor‘ah and Eshta’ol.
In Yerushalayim, the brothers received us warmly. The next day Sha’ul and the rest of us went in to Ya‘akov, and all the elders were present. After greeting them, Sha’ul described in detail each of the things G-d had done among the Gentiles through his efforts.
On hearing it, they praised G-d; but they also said to him, “You see, brother, how many tens of thousands of believers there are among the Judeans, and they are all zealots for the Torah. Now what they have been told about you is that you are teaching all the Jews living among the Goyim to apostatize from Moshe, telling them not to have a b’rit-milah for their sons and not to follow the traditions.
“What, then, is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. So do what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow. Take them with you, be purified with them, and pay the expenses connected with having their heads shaved. Then everyone will know that there is nothing to these rumors which they have heard about you; but that, on the contrary, you yourself stay in line and keep the Torah.
“However, in regard to the Goyim who have come to trust in Yeshua, we all joined in writing them a letter with our decision that they should abstain from what had been sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled and from fornication.”
The next day Sha’ul took the men, purified himself along with them and entered the Temple to give notice of when the period of purification would be finished and the offering would have to be made for each of them. The seven days were almost up when some unbelieving Jews from the province of Asia saw him in the Temple, stirred up all the crowd and grabbed him. “Men of Isra’el, help!” they shouted. “This is the man who goes everywhere teaching everyone things against the people, against the Torah and against this place! And now he has even brought some Goyim into the Temple and defiled this holy place!” (They had previously seen Trophimus from Ephesus in the city with him and assumed that Sha’ul had brought him into the Temple.)The whole city was aroused, and people came running from all over. They seized Sha’ul and dragged him out of the Temple, and at once the gates were shut. But while they were attempting to kill him, word reached the commander of the Roman battalion that all Yerushalayim was in turmoil. Immediately he took officers and soldiers and charged down upon them. As soon as they saw the commander, they quit beating Sha’ul.