39 Bahaalotecha

  דַּבֵּר אֶל־אַהֲרֹן וְאָמַרְתָּ אֵלָיו בְּהַעֲלֹֽתְךָ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹת אֶל־מוּל פְּנֵי הַמְּנוֹרָה יָאִירוּ שִׁבְעַת הַנֵּרוֹת׃

“Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.’”

Shabbat

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Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

June 18th 2022

Beha'alotecha
“When you climb”

Numbers 8:1-12:16

Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7

John 19:31-37
Rev. 11:1-19

 

Parashat Beha’alotekha gives us insight into the Israelite trek through the wilderness. Far from undertaking a journey guided by their own instincts and initiative, the Israelites were bound to rely on divine guidance. Numbers 9:17 teaches, Whenever the cloud lifted up from above the Tent, then the People of Israel would set out, and at the place where the cloud settled, there the People of Israel would encamp.

 We learned how to reflect on God’s role in our own lives, as well as the place of the divine within the nation.
While there are times in our lives in which we may feel God intimately guiding our respective journeys, there are other moments in which we as individual Believers must take the initiative and to merely rely on the “cloud” to guide us.
The bold move of David Ben-Gurion to declare the establishment of the State of Israel are but two examples of moments when we could not wait for divine intervention. As Ecclesiastes 3:1 teaches, “for everything there is a time”—a time for submission to God’s plan as well as a time for initiative and respectful resistance. The challenge for each of us is striking the sacred balance between these two approaches in our lives.

God sends a cloud to dwell in the Tent of the Testimony and to guide Moses in leading the Israelites in the wilderness. Is our time to be guided by God in our physical or spiritual wilderness.