Bamidbar (bah-meed-BAR) listen
Bamidbar (buh-MID-bar) listen


  • n. The Hebrew name for the Book of Numbers, the fourth book of the Torah.

Example Sentences

  • "Bamidbar is about the Israelites' journey in the wilderness."

  • "In the latter half of Parshat Bamidbar, Moses redeems 22,273 first-born male Israelites whom God had set aside as 'personal property' when smiting the first-born Egyptians, declaring, 'Every first-born in Israel shall be consecrated to Me.'" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • TH בְּמִדְבַּר⁩ bemidbár, 'in the wilderness (of Sinai)' > Y במדבר bamidber

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      Bemidbar, B'midbar, Bamidbor, B'midbor, Bemidbor, Bemidar, Be-midbar, Ba-midbar

Edit     Something missing from this entry? Inaccurate? Feel free to suggest an edit.