In this week’s Parsha, we encounter a fascinating but cryptic story – the waters of Meriva. This story seems to be a re-telling of another story that appears in Exodus, Chapter 17. Unfortunately, it has a tragic ending – G-d decrees that Moses and Aaron will not lead the children of Israel into the Land of Israel; in other words, Moses and Aaron will die in the desert. But what was their sin and is the punishment commensurate with the crime? As we examine the multiplicity of responses, to these questions, that have been offered by commentaries, spanning two millennia, we will see how this story becomes an illuminating mirror for the “70 faces” of the Torah.
This podcast episode is sponsored by Avrom Jacobs (Alum of Ramah Darom ’18) in memory of his beloved wife, Dr. Laura Jacobs z”l.
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