"God spoke to Moses, saying, Also take a census of Gershon's descendants by families."
Levi the son of Jacob had three sons, Gershon, Kehat, and Merari. They were to play a unique spiritual role in the community of Israel and therefore were not to be counted together with the other Jews. That is because the tribe of Levi represents the spiritual quality of strength and strict judgment. Why is this so and why is it important?
Levy represents the middle matzah at the Seder, and it is the one that gets broken. Strict judgment should be never allowed to act with full force. That is why Abraham, who represented Kindness, was asked to bind his son Isaac, who represented Judgment. Similarly, the tribe of Levi was broken into two parts, the Kohahim and the Levites.
The Levites carried the pieces of the Tabernacle - quality of Strength – and in the Temple they sang, which also represents Strength. How so?
The words “song” (שיר) is connected to the name of God Elohim, representing Judgment, because the letter ש is the same as the gematria (300) of Elohim spelled אלף למד הי יוד מם. The letter יר is 200, and that is Elohim spelled א אל אלה אלהי אלהים.
Power itself extends in five directions, represented by letters which change their shape at the end of the word – מנצפ"ך. Each of the three families Levi has the five aspects of strength, and all three are connected the the spiritual entity of a Cosmic Female, which also represents Strength in the Woman-Man relationship. The first of the family of Levi is the brain of the Female, which is formed before all else, and which has an indelible influence on her. The second aspect of strength comes from her relationship with the Cosmic Man, or Zeir Anpin. The third one is what gives her the power to conceive and give birth. The letters מנצפ"ך taken twice give the numerical value of the family of Gershon גרשון, who started the count. Thus this count helps and advances the development of the spiritual entities of the Cosmic Man and the Female, of which we all form a part.
Art: Raphael - Portrait Of A Pregnant Woman