Some technical issues prevented this post from being pubished as intended for Saturday. I still think its content is of value, even a couple of days late:
The Torah reading today, Iyyar 24, 5771 (May 28 2011) in the synagogue is called Bamidbar Numbers 1:1-4:20
What were you taken by in the text?
I found the title of the book interesting. ְּב ִמ ְד ַּבר (Bamidbar) In the wilderness. A much more interesting name than “Numbers”. And not the first, but the fifth word in the book.