בְּמִדְבַּר / Bamidbar / Numbers 8:1-12:16
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Eek! It seems that this is the rare parsha for which I haven’t yet written a poem. Sigh… But don’t forget to read my parsha overview for Parshas Beha’aloscha. Plus… copywork and parsha activities – something for every week of the year!
Special treat for this week: instead of stealing artwork from other sites as usual, I had some free time in my signing class and decided to doodle the pictures myself!!!
Korban Pesach time had come
But not for all: in fact, for some,
A month-long wait they must endure,
From cousins’ bodies, they’re impure. Who are they?
To complain here to Moshe a terrible thing,
To fight with the destiny Hashem could bring,
And what was the kvetchers’ fondest food wish?
Returning to Egypt for all the free __________!
When someone is sick, this parsha will teach,
Our words to Hashem can always beseech;
But healing their body’s not only the goal,
We also must daven for healing their soul. Where do we learn this?
STUMPED?? Here are some answers:
[ 1 ] Seven (8:2)
[ 2 ] They’re identified (Sukkah 25a) with Mishael and Eltzafan, the cousins who retrieved Nadav and Avihu… or perhaps, with the bearers of Yosef’s bones. Mitzvah men either way!
[ 3 ] Fish (11:5)
[ 4 ] It says (10:33) “the aron… travelled 3 days in front.” Yet (10:17) the Mishkan objects were carried in the middle! Perhaps it was a different aron/ark (Rashi), or a one-time exception (thanks to NJL for this insight)
[ 5 ] Moshe’s blunt plea to heal Miriam, “אֵל נָא רְפָא נָא לָהּ” / “Please G-d, please heal her now” repeats “please.” The Kesav Sofer (1815-1871) says this invokes healing of body and soul. Nice thought, but without a good source. :-(