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Shabbat Service and Torah Discussion — Parasha Behaalotecha

  • The Chatham Synagogue 1536 County Route 28 Chatham Center, NY 12184 United States (map)

In this week's Torah reading, Behaalotecha, G‑d instructs Aaron concerning the Tabernacle Menorah lighting. The Levites are initiated into the Tabernacle service. The "Second Passover" is instituted. At G‑d's behest, Moses makes two trumpets, and is instructed how and when to use them. The Israelites leave Mount Sinai, and proceed towards the Land of Canaan. The people unreasonably complain about their "frugal" manna diet and receive a meat supplement, albeit with tragic results. Moses appoints seventy elders to assist him in bearing the burden of the people. Miriam speaks negatively about Moses and is punished with leprosy, and Moses begs G-d to heal her.