Why does the text of this week’s parsha, Naso, repeat each and every korban, for each and every day? Seems extremely redundant, long, orderly, and repetitious…
It’s an age-old question/pondering to be sure, but I found this little note in Rabbi Hertz’s chumash:
The offerings… were offered on twelve separate days. The narrative, describing each in unaltered language, reflects the stately solemnity that marked the repetition of the same ceremonial day by day.
(He then quotes the quite beautiful Midrash to the effect that no one man wanted to rival the offering of his fellow, and so on…)
In other words: The text seems redundant, orderly, and long? Even solemn? That’s precisely the point, because that is how it was.