37 Bahaalotecha

  דַּבֵּר אֶל־אַהֲרֹן וְאָמַרְתָּ אֵלָיו בְּהַעֲלֹֽתְךָ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹת אֶל־מוּל פְּנֵי הַמְּנוֹרָה יָאִירוּ שִׁבְעַת הַנֵּרוֹת׃

“Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.’”

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

June 13 2020

Beha'alotecha
“When you climb”

Numbers 8:1-12:16

Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7

John 19:31-37
Rev. 11:1-19

 

32 BahaalotechaThe beginning of the parasha describes the customary way the Levites must undergo before they can handle the sacred objects associated with the tabernacle. The ceremony involves washing the Levites’ bodies and clothes, and full-body shaving (Num. 8:7). It also gives us insight into the Israelite journey through the wilderness. Far from undertaking a journey guided by their own instincts and initiative, the Israelites were bound to rely on divine guidance.

It is clear also from this week’s reading indicates Moses’ unique qualities, one as a prophet: When God in Num. 12:8 said: I speak face to face and clearly, not in riddles”, and Moses’s humility in Num. 12:3 “Now this man Moshe was very humble” Moses’s humility was remarkable not because he held himself in such low esteem, but because he was so aware of his own power and not afraid to act. His humility is lauded at a most poignant moment of Moses interceding when it would have been easier to remain silent. After Miriam and Aaron question Moses’s unique role as prophet, God rebukes them and strikes Miriam with a plague. While he has good reason to remain silent as his sister is punished for criticizing him, Moses cries out to God, “Please, God, heal her.” (Num. 12:13).