Aliya Summary: Moshe is commanded to take a census of the Levites of the family of Kehot, but only those eligible to transport the Tabernacle and its vessels — those between the ages of thirty and fifty. The results of this census are given in next week’s reading. This section then describes the duties of the Kehot family. When the Tabernacle was to be dismantled, the priests would cover all the holy vessels with specially designated sacks. The Kehot family would then take the covered vessels and carry them to their destination.

The Torah warns the kohanim not to endanger the people of K’hat by not properly preparing for their handling of the most sacred vessels. This parsha of four p’sukim is reread for the Maftir.