B'ha'alotkha: A Summary of the Parashah

The Israelites receive instructions regarding Passover; they journey forth from Sinai and complain to God on several occasions, provoking God's anger; Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses.

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Questions for Discussion

1. God sends a cloud to dwell in the Tent of the Testimony and to guide Moses in leading the Israelites in the wilderness. Do you ever feel guided by God when you are in a physical or spiritual wilderness? How?

2. The Israelites weep because they have no meat. God gets angry because of their complaints. Why do you think God would be angry with the Israelites for complaining about their conditions? Do you ever feel that God gets angry with you and your own personal complaints about life?

3. Miriam and Aaron question Moses’ judgment on his choice of a wife. For this questioning of God’s humble servant Moses, God punishes Miriam with leprosy but does nothing to Aaron. Why just Miriam and not Aaron?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

Nancy Reuben Greenfield has written three adaptations of the Torah, including an
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