Contents Calendar Find Reference
Torah 
Navigating the Bible
Numbers Chukat
Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
  BeMidbar
  Naso
  BeHa'alotecha
  Shlach
  Korach
  Chukat
  Balak
  Pinchas
  Matot
  Mas'ey
Deuteronomy
First Reading, Second Reading, Third Reading, Fourth Reading, Fifth Reading, Sixth Reading, Seventh Reading, Last Reading
First Reading, Second Reading, Third Reading, Fourth Reading, Fifth Reading, Sixth Reading, Seventh Reading, Last Reading

Chukat

  
BackForward
 20:1
 20:2
 20:3
20:1 In the first month, the entire Israelite community came to the Tzin Desert, and the people stopped in Kadesh. It was there that Miriam died and was buried.
Vayavo'u veney-Yisra'el kol-ha'edah midbar-Tsin bachodesh harishon vayeshev ha'am beKadesh vatamot sham Miryam vatikaver sham.
20:2 The people did not have any water, so they began demonstrating against Moses and Aaron.
Velo hayah mayim la'edah vayikahalu al-Moshe ve'al-Aharon.
20:3 The people disputed with Moses. 'We wish that we had died together with our brothers before God!' they declared.
Vayarev ha'am im-Moshe vayomeru lemor velu gavanu bigva acheynu lifney Adonay.



Commentary:

first month
  Nissan of the 40th year (Rashbam; Josephus, Antiquities 4:4:7), after the entire generation of the Exodus had died (Rashi; Bachya; Abarbanel; but see Deuteronomy 2:16). There is no information about what happened during the 38 intervening years, other than the travels mentioned in Numbers 33:19-36 (Ibn Ezra).

Tzin Desert
  To the south-west of the Dead Sea. Some translate it as 'Desert of Palms' (Adereth Eliahu).

Kadesh
  See Numbers 33:36. Also see Genesis 14:7; 16:14, 20:1. This is not to be confused with Kadesh Barnea, from which the spies were sent (Ramban; Bachya).

Miriam died
  Some say that she died on 1 Nissan (Seder Olam 9; Midrash HaGadol; Josephus, Antiquities 4:4:6), while others say that she died on 10 Nissan (Megillath Taanith 13; Targum Yonathan; Orach Chaim 580:2). Some say that the Israelites arrived in Kadesh on 1 Nissan, and Miriam died on 10 Nissan (Shalsheleth HaKabbalah; Seder HaDoroth). It was about the same time that the message was sent to the king of Edom (Seder Olam 9). Josephus, however, has the encounter with Edom before Miriam's death (Antiquities4:4:5).





Copyright © 2000 World ORT
Notice: This computer program is protected by copyright law and international treaties. Unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this program, or any portion of it, may result in severe civil and criminal penalties, and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law.