2 Instruct B’nei Yisrael to assign, out of the holdings apportioned to them, towns for the Leviim to dwell in; you shall also assign to the Leviim pasture land around their towns.
TZAV et b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL v’-na-t’-NU lal-vee-YIM mi-na-kha-LAT a-khu-za-TAM a-REEM la-SHA-vet u-mig-RASH le-a-REEM s’-vee-vo-tay-HEM ti-t’-NU lal-vee-YIM
35:2 Towns for the Leviim to dwell in
The Children of Israel are commanded to set aside forty-eight cities throughout the length and breadth of the Land of Israel as residences for the Leviim (Levites). The people are required to live holy lives in the Promised Land, and it is the Leviim who are given the task of instructing them about how to live this way. By scattering the Leviim among the nation instead of giving them their own portion of land, Hashem ensures that everyone will have the opportunity to be exposed to the spiritual leaders of the people and to learn from them and by their example.