Blowing the Trumpet at the Feast of the New Moon (illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible)
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Listen To The Scripture Portion
In this week’s Torah portion we are looking at Numbers 8:1–12:16
Aaron is commanded to raise light in the lamps of the menorah, and the tribe of Levi is initiated into the service in the Sanctuary.
A “Second Passover” is instituted in response to the petition “Why should we be deprived?” by a group of Jews who were unable to bring the Passover offering in its appointed time because they were ritually impure. G‑d instructs Moses on the procedures for Israel’s journeys and encampments in the desert, and the people journey in formation from Mount Sinai, where they had been camped for nearly a year.
The people are dissatisfied with their “bread from heaven” (the manna), and demand that Moses supply them with meat. Moses appoints 70 elders, to whom he imparts of his spirit, to assist him in the burden of governing the people. Miriam speaks negatively of Moses, and is punished with leprosy; Moses prays for her healing, and the entire community waits seven days for her recovery.
Study on the Torah Portion Beha’alotcha Numbers 8-12
This video includes:
The Levite retirement from service
The second Passover
Joseph and Nicodemus
No broken bones
The Passover not celebrated again in the wilderness in 40 years
Portion Overview by Video
A Bluegrass Song About the Israelites in the Desert
How Can I Be Vulnerable With God?
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The Temple Menorah
The 3 Golden Rules of Brisket | Braised, Slow-Cooked, Oven-Roasted
Beha’alotcha Midrash 2021
Metatron and the heavenly sanctuary
The cloud in the wilderness
The silver trumpets
The description of travel by the Israelites
The candle, the rooster and the donkey
The complaining Israelites – a pretext.
The cravings for fish and meat
Rise Up – Ps Kyal Cumming