‘MOSES STRIKING the Rock,’ by Tintoretto, 1563.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
This week’s Torah portion, Hukat, tells us a short story describing the nation camped in the desert, thirsty for water. The terrible thirst leads them to complain to Moses and Aaron, the two leaders/brothers: “Why have you brought the congregation of the Lord to this desert so that we and our livestock should die there? Why have you taken us out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place for seeds, or for fg trees, grapevines or pomegranate trees, and there is no water to drink” (Numbers 20:4-5).Moses and Aaron do not respond to the complaint, but God does, and in a completely practical manner.