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 15:27
 16:1
 16:2
15:27 Fifth Reading
Then they came to Elim. Here there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms. They [then] camped by the water.
Vayavo'u Eylimah vesham shteym-esreh eynot mayim veshiv'im tmarim vayachanu-sham al-hamayim.
16:1 They moved on from Elim, and the entire community of Israel came to the Sin Desert, between Elim and Sinai. It was the 15th of the second month after they had left Egypt.
Vayis'u me'Eylim vayavo'u kol-adat beney-Yisra'el el-midbar-Sin asher beyn-Eylim uveyn Sinay bachamishah asar yom lachodesh hasheni letsetam me'erets Mitsrayim.
16:2 There in the desert, the entire Israelite community began to complain against Moses and Aaron.
Vayilonu kol-adat beney-Yisra'el al-Moshe ve'al-Aharon bamidbar.



Commentary:

Elim
  See Numbers 33:9. Possibly, 'Place of Terebinths.' This is usually identified with Wadi Gharandel, the next oasis on this route, some 10 miles south of Marah. In medieval times, there was a city in this area known as Ailom (Mas'aoth Rabbi Binyamin 24). Some say that this was a very good resting place (Mekhilta), while according to others, the trees and wells were insufficient for the huge number of people (Josephus 3:1:3).

by the water
  Possibly along the Red Sea; cf. Numbers 33:10.

Sin Desert
  See note on Exodus 15:22; Numbers 11:33; Ezekiel 30:15,16. This is the plain along the edge of the Sinai plateau called Debbet er-Ramleh.

the 15th...
  This was 30 days after the Exodus (see Exodus 12:6). Some say that this occurred in Alush (Numbers 33:13; Seder Olam Rabbah 5; Ramban). See note on Exodus 17:1.





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