Behaalotecha: Miriam and Zipporah by David Hartley Mark

What are we doing In this dark land with its Yellow shadows that pierce the eyes? (Every now and then someone says, even after forty Or fifty years: “The sun is killing me.”) What are we doing with these souls of mist, with these names, With our eyes of forests, with our beautiful children, With […]

Parsha Behaalotcha by David Hartley Mark

This parsha/Torah portion shows the Israelites developing their rituals in the wilderness, with the Levites taking charge of the portable sanctuary, lighting the menorah/seven-branched candlelabra and purifying themselves to serve God. A now-defunct Pesach Sheni/Second Passover is described, for the benefit of those Israelites who had been tamay/ritually impure and thereby unable to observe the […]

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 […]