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Just the facts, ma’am. Reporter Helen Chernikoff digs into the statistics of the Israelite census in Parshat Bemidbar and tells us some interesting stories about the people who were wandering in the desert – much more than just their ages and occupations.

Take a look bemidbar – in a desert – and see what you can learn about people.


Gratitude for the Parshat Bemidbar Animated Short

Each week, a different storyteller – some musical, some poetic, some just straight-up, tell the story of the current weekly Torah portion…and then we animate it! This particular Parashat haShavua (פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ or “weekly Torah portion”) video is Episode 34 from Parshat Bemidbar (בְּמִדְבַּר — Hebrew for “in the desert”, from the book of Numbers 1:1–4:20). Jewish interpretation is often very specific. There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and the interpretations in this series explores the array of thoughts that our diverse set of storytellers and contributors have on Torah. To see more of the videos in this series, please take a look at our collection here on our site.

A very special thank you to each of the writers, narrators, producers, directors, sound engineers, musicians, educational advisors, artists and animators that contributed to this particular animated interpretation of Parshat Bemidbar including Helen Chernikoff, Tim Cosgrove, Nick Fox-Gieg, Sarah Lefton, and Matthue Roth. Additional thanks to all of our generous funders that contributed to the G‑dcast Parashat haShavua animated series.

Did you know that G-dcast has changed our name to BimBam?

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