With very rare exception, parshat Naso is always read the Shabbat immediately following Chag Shavuot. Since it is the first Torah portion read after זמן מתן תורתנו – the time of the giving of our Torah – our Sages thought it fit that this portion have the largest number of midrashim and commentaries of any weekly portion. The rabbis saw exegetical attention on this parasha to be an expression of particular connection and affection toward Gd and Gd’s Torah. Perhaps the most unique characteristic of this week’s parasha is that it is the single longest portion in the Torah consisting of 176 verses. The longest parasha found in the Book of Prophets and Writings is Psalm 119 which also has 176 verses. Finally, the longest tractate of the Talmud, Baba Batra consists of 176 pages.