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Mystery Meat (Beha’alotcha)

Preview: Do the math, and you’ll discover that the debacle at Kivrot HaTa’avah, retold in this week’s parshah, actually took place over Shavuot. Might this explain why we limit our meat intake on that holiday?

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Outside Opinions (Beha’alotcha)

Preview: Of all the complaints issued by Israel in the desert, not a single one comes when Yitro is with them–in fact, they end right when he arrives and start up again the minute he leaves. And, there are remarkable resonances between the language Moses uses to plead with Yitro to stay, and the description of Israel’s complaints as soon as he departs…

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The Burden Bearers (Bamidbar)

Preview: How come the “chieftains” (נשיאים) that appear in Bamidbar, Nasso (twice) and Behaalotcha, are suddenly replaced with a different group of “chieftains” at the start of Shelach?

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