ויגוף. אולי לא היתה המגפה בשנה הראשונה. רק ספר הכתוב מה שהיה אחרי נסעם מהר סיני: AND THE LORD SMOTE. It is possible that there was no plague in the first year.164The number of Israelites did not diminish between the first census, which took place before the erection of the tabernacle (Ex. 38:26), and the second census a month after the erection of the tabernacle (Num. 1:1). The Torah merely reports what happened after they journeyed from Mount Sinai.165In other words, And the Lord smote, etc., refers to what happened to Israel after they journeyed from Mount Sinai on the twentieth day of the second month in the second year following the Exodus (Num 10:11).