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

May 29th, 2021

Beha'alotecha
“When you climb”

Numbers 8:1-12:16

Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7

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

 

Then God said to Moses, “Take the Levites and purify them with waters that clear of sin, and make animal and flour offerings to God. Then you shall assemble the whole community and have the Levites come before the Tent of Appointed Meeting.” And it was done.In Parasha Beha’alotcha, just some weeks after their freedom from slavery, the People of Israel prepare to offer their Passover sacrifice to God. This is a unique moment in the history of the People, this sacrifice commemorates both their freedom, as well God’s redemption. Standing at Sinai, they entered into a covenant with God and agreed to accept God’s terms. It is clear also from this week’s reading indicates Moses’ unique qualities, one as a prophet: Num. 12:8 and Moses’s humility in Num. 12:3. 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.

God sends a cloud to dwell in the Tent of the Testimony and to guide Moses in leading the Israelites in the wilderness. Is our time to be guided by God in our physical or spiritual wilderness.