Going over this weeks parsha (settle down, they asked me lain a little, I wasn’t doing shtayim mikrah), I noticed something a little odd.
The Torah give very specific numbers in the counts of the tribes and the whole congregation.
But the numbers of the Levites eligible to be counted is a remarkably round number. Twenty two thousand.
That’s it. Not 22,371, not 22,150, nothing like that. 22,000, exactly. Strange, no? What are the chances that the count would come out on a thousand’s number, exactly (don’t say 1/1000, OK)?
Rashi addresses a different problem (that if you add up the numbers of the three clans, it comes out to a different number….) but not this.
So, is the number exact or rounded? And what the hell difference does it make?