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When You Raise [the Lamps]

The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to Aaron and say to him, 'When you mount the lamps, let the seven lamps give light at the front of the lampstand.'" - Numbers 8:1-2

  • God speaks to Moses, describing the menorah for the Tent of Meeting. The Levites are appointed to serve as assistants under Aaron and his sons. (8:1-26)
  • Those who are unable to celebrate Passover during Nisan are given a time in the month of Sivan to observe a "second Passover." (9:1-14)
  • A cloud by day and fire by night show God's Presence over the Tabernacle. When the cloud lifts from the Tabernacle, the people leave Sinai, setting out on their journey, tribe by tribe. (9:15-10:36)
  • The Israelites complain about the lack of meat, and Moses becomes frustrated. God tells him to appoint a council of elders. God provides the people with meat and then strikes them with a very severe plague. (11:1-34)
  • Miriam and Aaron talk about the "Cushite woman" whom Moses has married. In addition, they complain that God speaks not only through Moses but also through them. Miriam is struck with leprosy, and Moses begs God to heal her. After her recovery, the people resume their journey. (12:1-16)

When do we read B'haalot'cha?

2020 Jun 13
/21 Sivan, 5780
2021 May 29
/18 Sivan, 5781
2021 May 29
/18 Sivan, 5781


  • By Dr. Ruhama Weiss, Ph.D.


    The weekly portion, B'haalot’cha, is sealed with what seems like a side story:

    "Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married: 'He married a Cushite woman!' They said, 'Has the Eternal spoken only through Moses? Has God not spoken through us as well?' The Eternal heard it." (Num. 12:1-2)

    I'm curious about Aaron's role in this story. Does he take an active role in this act of gossip or is he only a listener? The Hebrew source of this story seems to be deliberately misleading:  vat’dabeir Mir’yam v’Aharon...  Is it only Miriam who is talking or is Aaron also responsible?

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