November 19, 2018

Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Beha’alotcha with Rabbi Jonathan Case

Our guest this week is Rabbi Jonathan Case, Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Columbia, South Carolina. Rabbi Jonathan Case has been a pulpit rabbi for over 30 years. He has a BA in Jewish History from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA in Political Science from Columbia University. He received his rabbinical training and ordination from Leo Baeck College in London. He has also completed specialized training from JTS on kashrut and in ministering to the chemically dependent. Rabbi Case is the author of Life's Pathway: Inspirations to Fire the Soul – Thoughts for Each Day.

This week's Torah Portion – Parashat Beha'alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:15) – begins with the lighting of the menorah and then goes on to describe the cleansing of the Levites and the first celebration of Passover in the desert. The Torah subsequently describes a series of bitter complaints made by the people of Israel about life in the desert, and the portion concludes with Moses' sister Miriam speaking slander about Moses to their brother Aaron and getting punished for it with a terrible skin disease. Our discussion focuses on Miriam’s problematic deed, on Moses’ reaction to it, and on the meaning behind her punishment.

If you would like to learn some more about Beha’alotcha, check out our talk with Rabbi Adam Chalom.