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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Beha'alotcha

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Parasha Summary - Beha'alotcha

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Our Sedra begins by discussing the daily (even Shabbat!) lighting of the Menora in the Mishkan. The Levi'im are consecrated by Moshe in their new position. The law of Pesach Sheni is given: Those who were tamei (impure) on Pesach could, a month later, bring the Pesach offering w/Matza & Maror.

Moshe attempts to persuade his father-in-law Yitro to accompany the nation to Israel. Yitro is hesitant, telling Moshe he must return to his land & his birthplace. Yitro's final decision remains an open question.

Soon after leaving Har Sinai, the people begin to complain about the lack of meat, & about the Mahn. Moshe is frustrated, but Hashem tells him to appoint 70 elders to help lead the nation. Then Hashem sends flocks of quail that the people catch & eat; those who had previously complained about the food eat so much quail that they die from over-eating.

The Parsha ends with Miriam lamenting to Aharon how Moshe is too busy leading the people to have a normal family life. This is judged as lashon hara, & Miriam is punished with tzara'at & must stay outside the camp for seven days.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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