Weekly Torah Portion: Beha’alotecha (Numbers 8:1-12:16)


The Israelites receive instructions regarding Passover. They journey forth from Sinai and complain to God on several occasions, provoking God’s anger. Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses. Read an extensive summary on My Jewish Learning

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“Despite it being the ‘official start of summer’ and a treasured day off for many people, Memorial Day is still taken seriously in this country especially in times like these when our country is still engaged in wars and U.S. troops are still fighting and losing their lives in ‘service to their country.'” – Rabbi Lisa Edwards in 2010 read the full drash

Torah Verse of the Week*

“Make yourself two trumpets of silver,
of hammered work you are to make them;
they are to be for you for calling together the community and for (signaling) the marching of the camps.” (Parashat Beha’alotekha, Numbers 10:2)

Other Suggested Readings

Parashat Be’Ha’alotecha: ‘Am’ (Yisrael) Comin’ Out! Although the entire story of the Exodus from Egypt can be read as the Israelites’ coming-out story, the exact moment of coming-out occurs when the Israelites finally open the door to the closet and step out into what is literally new land, land that was newly exposed, and formerly under cover of water. Continue reading


*Torah Verse of the Week is chosen by the Torah class during Tuesdays’ studies with Rabbi Lisa Edwards. Check out when our next Torah Study takes place

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