The Torah In Haiku: B'haalot'cha

June 6, 2014Ed Nickow


Miriam, Aaron
Complain about their brother
The humble Moses

Displaying anger
God punishes Miriam
Turning her skin white

But Moses reacts
With compassion, not anger
Prays for her healing


In the story that concludes this week's portion, we find an example of how to react to those who spread rumors about us. Miriam and Aaron are guilty of lashon hara (evil speech, gossip). God punishes Miriam, but after Aaron pleads to his brother not to hold a grudge against them, Moses prays to God that Miriam be healed. God limits her punishment to seven days. (Numbers 12)

Image by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik from his blog.

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