Behaalotecha by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Synopsis of Parsha: The Children of Israel grow tired of the manna, the heavenly bread which God sends daily, and implore Moses and God to send them meat. Once again, they invoke the memory of the fruits and vegetables which they ate a-plenty in Egypt—strange, because this is the Wilderness Generation, the Exodus Generation having died out, for the most part, following the Sin of the Golden Calf. Nevertheless, tribal memories persist, and stories exaggerate the truth. The people work themselves into an emotional state of grief and weeping, so great is their lust for meat.

Behaalotecha: Miriam and Zipporah by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Beha’alotcha (בהעלתך) Torah: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7  The hot, angry, unforgiving sun burned over the Israelite camp. Zipporah bat Yitro, wife of Moses, dark-brown of eye and skin, drew her cotton headscarf more closely over her long, black curls, here and there streaked with tinges of grey. Leaving her tent—though it was […]

Parsha Behaalotecha (Numbers 8:1–12:16)

Behaalotecha (Numbers 8:1–12:16) Summary Aaron is commanded to raise light in the lamps of the menorah, and the tribe of Levi is initiated into the service in the Sanctuary. A “Second Passover” is instituted in response to the petition, ”Why should we be deprived?” by a group of Jews who were unable to bring the […]

Torah Together: Parshat Be-ha’alotekha

Torah Together for Parshat Be-ha’alotekha, Num. 8:1-12:16