The girl who stood by the water

Insight into Parshat Hukat.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
June 29, 2017 17:25
3 minute read.
The Zin Desert

The Zin Desert. (photo credit: MOSHE MILNER / GPO)

 
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In this week’s parasha, Hukat, we make a 38-year leap in history and end up in the Children of Israel’s last year in the desert, the year in which they arrived at the plains of Moab – the eastern entrance to the Land of Israel. We will remain there, in Moab, until the end of the Book of Deuteronomy and the end of the Torah. This week, we will accompany the nation on its long journey, full of wars and other hardships. A moment before the beginning of the journey, still in the Zin Desert, we hear about the death of Miriam, Moses’s older sister.

“The entire congregation of the children of Israel arrived at the desert of Zin... Miriam died there and was buried there” (Numbers 20:1).

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