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It’s So Easy Being Green
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Aaron was upset that he and his tribe did not get to donate offerings for the inauguration of the Altar. G-d cheered him up by reassuring him hat he would get to light the Menorah. Was Aaron jealous? And if not, what was going on?
Beha’alotecha – Rishon
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G-d told Moshe to tell Aharon that when he lights the Menorah, all the lights should face towards the center. Aharon followed these instructions. Next, Moshe was directed to purify the Levites by having them shaved all over, then sprinkling them with purifying water. (The “mei chatas” in verse 7 refers to the waters mixed […]
Beha’alotecha – Sheini
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After their installation, the Leviim were to work in the Mishkan, in lieu of the first-born sons. The job of the Leviim was to assist the kohanim in their sacramental duties. They would perform the service to atone for the people, so as not to incur Divine wrath. The Levites were inaugurated into duty exactly […]
Beha’alotecha – Shlishi
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G-d spoke to Moshe in the month of Nisan in the second year of the Exodus. He told him that the Passover sacrifice was to be prepared in its proper time, on the afternoon of 14 Nisan. This was done, as per G-d’s instructions. But… Some people were ritually unclean and unable to offer the […]
Beha’alotecha – R’vi’i
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When the Mishkan was completed, G-d’s Presence manifested on it in a cloud that appeared as fire overnight. When it was time to travel, the cloud would rise; everybody would pack up and follow it. Sometimes they would camp somewhere for an extended period of time, other times they would just stay for a few […]
Beha’alotecha – Chamishi
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On the 20th day of Iyar (still in the second year of the Exodus), the cloud arose and the people moved from Sinai to Paran. The divisions traveled in their proper order and the Leviim disassembled the Mishkan for transport. Moshe spoke to his father-in-law Yisro, here called Chovav, about traveling on with them. Yisro […]
Beha’alotecha – Shishi
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When the Ark traveled, Moshe would say, “Arise, Hashem, and scatter Your enemies before You!” When it rested, he would say, “Return, Hashem, to the multitudes of Israel.” In the Torah, these two verses are flanked by a set of inverted letter Nuns. We are told that they constitute a “Book unto themselves.” (This would […]
Beha’alotecha – Sh’vi’i
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Moshe and the elders returned to the camp. A strong wind started blowing in quail from the sea. The quail were weakened by the time they reached the camp, so they were flying a mere two cubits over the ground. (That could be as little as three feet – certainly easy enough to catch.) Quail […]
Beha’alotecha – Haftarah
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Interestingly, this haftarah is the same as that for the first Shabbat of Hanukkah. There, we relate the reading to the holiday menorahs we light, in parallel to the one Aaron is told how to care for in this Torah reading. That cannot be the whole story, at the very least because the haftarah starts […]