Parashat B’Haalotchah פָּרָשַׁת בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ, & Double Standards

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     This week’s Torah portion, Parashat B’Ha’alotchah ( בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ),  is the 36th (36/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, 5782, we read 54 separate parshiot…) reading in the annual cycle, and the third parashah in the book of B’midbar/Numbers. 

     So, this week, readers of the full reading, aka the Annual Cycle,  will discuss the punishment of Miriam for having gossiped about her brother’s wife.  But she was doing the gossiping with her other brother, Aaron:  so why does he get off scott free?    (and I’m sure there were more creative punishments that would not have rendered him unfit for his ritual duties…)       

    Side comment, on grammar:  I love the derivation of this week’s title of the parashah from Aliyah/Oleh/Olah/LaAlot -to go or lift up, so that the word B’hAalotchah can mean upon your lifting up (… of something…).

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