Parashat Beha’alotcha

(When You Raise (the Lamps))

Numbers 8:1 - 12:16

Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7

In this Torah portion, 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.

Words That Wound

The Rabbinic and Hasidic understandings of gossip focus on the impossibility of repairing the damage it causes.

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Parshat Beha’alotcha: Summary

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.

Igniting Curiosity’s Flame

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Appreciating What You Have

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Power Sharing

The impacts of grassroots organizations and the division of power.

Cultivated Cravings

Not letting desires frustrate us.

Our Covenantal Responsibilities

This week's parashah reminds us of our sacred obligations to those who are still languishing in oppression.

The Trumpet Blasts

The sound of the shofar can mobilize us, and help us consider the path ahead.

Sometimes, There Are Second Chances

Of "Second Passover," Rabbi Akiva, and adult bat mitzvahs

Jews March On

The verses recited when the ark (and today the Torah) was carried remind us of our own restless wanderings.

Beyond Fear

Social Justice As A Sacred Communal Obligation

Craving Perspective

The closer we are to God, the more we are able to put our cravings into perspective.

Trying To Remember The Reason I Forgot

Being constantly engaged in learning allows us to guard against the pervasive forgetfulness around us.

Leaving Childhood Behind

The specific complaints of the Israelites in the wilderness illustrate their inability to develop mature, adult relationships.

The Connection And Stability Of Blessing

Parashat B'ha'alotkha illustrates three paths of achieving meaning in life--Torah study, connection to the natural world, and strong interpersonal relationships.

God Hears, But What We Do Matters Most

Miriam and Aaron's criticism of Moses, and Miriam's punishment of leprosy teach lessons of sibling and communal responsibility.

How The Trouble Began

The Israelites' troubles, and indeed our own troubles, begin when we turn away from God.