When You Raise [the Lamps]

Numbers 8:1−12:16

When Is B'haalot'cha Read?

/ 19 Sivan 5782
/ 21 Sivan 5783
/ 16 Sivan 5784


  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: B'haalot'cha Commentary

a set table with different types of plates

Build Longer Tables, Not Higher Walls

By: Rabbi Alex Kress

In Parashat B'haalot'cha, Miriam is stricken with tzara’at, a skin ailment associated with punishment for slander. To recover from the illness brought on by her actions, and also for the community to move on, Miriam – not Moses or his wife, whom she slandered – had to leave the community. This is a lesson in radical inclusivity.

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