I Chronicles 27:1
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1  The number of Israelites—chiefs of clans, officers of thousands and hundreds and their clerks, who served the king in all matters of the divisions, who worked in monthly shifts during all the months of the year—each division, 24,000.

uv-NAY yis-ra-AYL l’-mis-pa-RAM ra-SHAY ha-a-VOT v’-sa-RAY ha-a-la-FEEM v’-ha-may-OT v’-sho-t’-ray-HEM ha-m’-sha-r’-TEEM et ha-ME-lekh l’-KHOL d’-VAR ha-makh-l’-KOT ha-ba-AH v’-ha-yo-TZAYT KHO-desh b’-KHO-desh l’-KHOL khod-SHAY ha-sha-NAH ha-ma-kha-LO-ket ha-a-KHAT es-REEM v’-ar-ba-AH A-lef

א  וּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לְמִסְפָּרָם רָאשֵׁי הָאָבוֹת וְשָׂרֵי הָאֲלָפִים וְהַמֵּאוֹת וְשֹׁטְרֵיהֶם הַמְשָׁרְתִים אֶת־הַמֶּלֶךְ לְכֹל דְּבַר הַמַּחְלְקוֹת הַבָּאָה וְהַיֹּצֵאת חֹדֶשׁ בְּחֹדֶשׁ לְכֹל חָדְשֵׁי הַשָּׁנָה הַמַּחֲלֹקֶת הָאַחַת עֶשְׂרִים וְאַרְבָּעָה אָלֶף׃

 27:1   The number of Israelites

After listing the jobs of the Kohahim and Leviim, we are told that the rest of the Children of Israel also have an important task: They must perform national army service. While the tribe of Levi is entrusted with the job of spiritually fortifying the nation, the rest of the people are charged with the responsibility of physical protection and defense. In contemporary Israel as well, every citizen is required to perform national army service in the IDF, except those engaged in full time Torah study. In the early 1950’s, Prime Minister David Ben Gurion reached an agreement with the leaders of the religious parties, exempting full time Torah scholars from serving in the IDF. Since its earliest days, Israel has affirmed the fact that just as the army strengthens the Torah, the Torah strengthens the army.

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  • Ummm! One can definately see the sense in this decision – We have had many young Jewish men and women in our home as they enjoy a gap year after serving in the IDF, as they travel around NZ. They talk about life in Israel and the enormous sense of responsibility they shoulder for protecting Israel. It's very real to them, we were blessed to hear from them of how young Israelii people dont shirk this responsibilty and thats it's a very joyous thing for them. No doubt a continuation of 1Chronicles 27:1.

    But this strikes another cord with me, as I read through Nehemiah recently yes the walls needed rebuilding and yes there were attacks. Obviously most of the people were involved with the rebuilding of the Walls and gates of Jerusalem. However is seems that they, the builders, also carried arms. I've always had the idea that as we build we should be aware that attack can come. Sometimes from a quarter we know and sometimes by surprise.

    The last sentence holds the secret doesn't it. and I quote, "The Torah strengthens the army and the army strengthens the Torah”, and in strengthening the army then Israel too is strenghtened. The Levites and the other tribes all doing what G-d called them to do.

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