BaMidbar (Numbers) 17:25-18:20
25HaShem said to Moshe, “Bring back the staff of Aharon before the Testimony as a safekeeping, as a sign for rebellious ones; let their complaints cease from Me that they not die.” 26Moshe did as HaShem had commanded him, so he did.
27The Children of Yisra’el said to Moshe, saying, “Behold! we perish, we are lost, we are all lost. 28Everyone who approaches closer to the Tabernacle of HaShem will die. Will we ever stop perishing?”
1HaShem said to Aharon, “You, your sons, and your fathers’ household with you shall bear the iniquity of the Sanctuary; and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood. 2Also your brethren the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, shall you draw near with you, and they shall be joined to you and minister to you. You and your sons with you shall be before the Tent of the Testimony. 3They shall safeguard your charge and the charge of the entire tent – but to the holy vessels and to the Altar they shall not approach, that they may not die – they as well as you. 4They shall be joined to you and safeguard the charge of the Tent of Meeting for the entire service of the Tent, and an alien shall not approach you. 5You shall safeguard the charge of the Holy and the charge of the Altar, and there shall be no more wrath against the Children of Yisra’el. 6And I – behold! I have taken your brethren the Levi’im from among the Children of Yisra’el; to you they are presented as a gift for HaShem, to perform the service of the Tent of Meeting. 7You and your sons with you shall safeguard your priesthood regarding every matter of the Altar and within the Curtain, and you shall serve; I have presented your priesthood as a service that is a gift, and any alien who approaches shall die.”
8HaShem spoke to Aharon: And I – behold! I have given you the safeguard of My heave-offerings, of all the sanctities of the Children of Yisra’el; I have given then to you for distinction and to you sons as an eternal portion. 9This shall be yours from the most holy, from the fire; their every offering, their every meal-offering, their every sin-offering, their every guilt-offering, that which they return to Me – as most holy it shall be yours and your sons. 10In the most holy shall you eat it, every male may eat it, it shall be holy for you. 11And this shall be yours: what is set aside from their gift, from all the wavings of the Children of Yisra’el, have I presented them to you and to your sons and daughters with you as an eternal portion; every pure person in your household may eat it. 12All the best of your oil and the best of your wine and grain, their first, which they give to HaShem, to you have I given them. 13The first fruits of everything that is in their land, which they bring to HaShem, shall be yours, every pure person in your household may eat it. 14Every segregated property in Yisra’el shall be yours.
15Every first issue of a womb of any flesh that they offer to HaShem, whether man or beast shall be yours; but you shall surely redeem the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of an impure beast shall you redeem. 16Those that are to be redeemed – from one month shall you redeem according to the valuation, five silver shekels by the sacred shekel; it is twenty gera. 17But the firstborn of an ox of the firstborn of a sheep of the firstborn of a goat you shall not redeem; they are holy; their blood shall you throw upon the Alta and their fat shall you cause to go up in smoke, a fire-offering, a satisfying aroma to HaShem. 18Their flesh shall be yours; like the beast of the waving and the right thigh shall be yours.
19Everything that is set aside from the sanctities that are the Children of Yisra’el raise up to HaShem have I given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an eternal portion; it is an eternal salt-like covenant before HaShem, for you and your offspring with you.”
20HaShem said to Aharon, “In their Land you shall have no heritage, and a share shall you not have among them; I am your share and your heritage, among the Children of Yisra’el.