Parsha Be’Ha’Alotekha Aliyah 7

BaMidbar (Numbers) 11:30–12:16

30Moshe was brought into the camp, he and the elders of Yisra’el. 31A wind went forth from HaShem and blew quail from the sea and spread them over the camp, a day’s journey this way and a day’s journey that way, all around the camp, and two cubits above the face of the earth.

32The people rose up all that day and all that night and all the next day and gathered up the quail – the one with the least gathered in ten chomers – and they spread them out all around the camp. 33The meat was still between the teeth, not yet chewed, when the wrath of HaShem flared against the people, and HaShem struck a very mighty blow against the people. 34He named that place Kivrot-hata’vah, because there they buried the people who had been craving.

35From Kivrot-hata’vah the people journeyed to Hazeroth, and they remained in Hazeroth.

1Miriam and Aharon spoke against Moshe regarding the Cushite women he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. 2They said, “Was it only to Moshe that HaShem spoke? Did He not speak to us as well?” And HaShem heard. 3Now the man Moshe was exceedingly humble, more than person on the face of the earth!

4HaShem said suddenly to Moshe, to Aharon, and to Miriam, “You three, go out to the Tent of Meeting.” And the three of them went out. 5HaShem descended in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tent, and summoned Aharon and Miriam; the two of them went out. 6He said, “Hear now My words. If there shall be prophets among you, in a vision shall I, HaShem, make Myself known to him; a dream shall I speak with him. 7Not so is My servant Moshe; in My entire house he is the trusted one. 8Mouth to mouth do I speak to him, in a clear vision and not in riddles, at the image of HaShem does he gaze. Why did you not fear to speak against My servant Moshe?”

9The wrath of HaShem flared up against them, and He left.

10The cloud had departed from atop the Tent, and behold! Miriam was afflicted with tsaraat, like snow! Aharon turned to Miriam, and behold! she was afflicted with tsaraat.

11Aharon said to Moshe, “I beg you, my lord, do not cast a sin upon us, for we have been foolish and we have sinned. 12Let her not be like a corpse, like one who leaves his mother’s womb with his flesh having been consumed!”

13Moshe cried to HaShem, saying, “Please, G-d, heal her now.”

14HaShem spoke to Moshe, “Were her father spit in her face, would she not be humiliated for seven days? Let her be quarantined outside the camp for seven days, and then she may be brought in.” 15So Miriam was quarantined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not journey until Miriam was brought in. 16Then the people journeyed from Hazeroth, and they encamped in the Wilderness of Par’an.

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