Nisan Jaffee
Former Ornithologist

Parsha Poem for BaMidbar



“These are the sons of Aaron and Moshe,”
But they’re only the children of Aaron,
Although Moshe’s sons are included as well,
They’re counted in the family of Amrom.

And for the first time, Aaron, the first born,
Gets direction directly from God.
Something is changing here in BaMidbar,
Accounting for this will be hard.

Moshe still leads his People, but no longer his Tribe,
Aaron and his sons serve the Mishkan.
And as we’ll learn later,
We must “count” on ourselves,
For there’ll be no one else to lay blame on.

About the Author
Born in New York City in 1952, Nisan moved in 1967 to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. He graduated from Colgate University, and received an MA in Biology from William and Mary. Nisan resided in Charlottesville, VA, Newtonville, MA, and Baltimore, MD before making aliyah in 2013. He has been married for 40 years, with three adult children and ten grandchildren. He lives in Efrat.
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