Numbers 12
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1  Miriam and Aharon spoke against Moshe because of the Cushite woman he had married: “He married a Cushite woman!”

א  וַתְּדַבֵּר מִרְיָם וְאַהֲרֹן בְּמֹשֶׁה עַל־אֹדוֹת הָאִשָּׁה הַכֻּשִׁית אֲשֶׁר לָקָח כִּי־אִשָּׁה כֻשִׁית לָקָח׃

2  They said, “Has Hashem spoken only through Moshe? Has He not spoken through us as well?” Hashem heard it.

ב  וַיֹּאמְרוּ הֲרַק אַךְ־בְּמֹשֶׁה דִּבֶּר יְהֹוָה הֲלֹא גַּם־בָּנוּ דִבֵּר וַיִּשְׁמַע יְהֹוָה׃

3  Now Moshe was a very humble man, more so than any other man on earth.

ג  וְהָאִישׁ מֹשֶׁה ענו [עָנָיו] מְאֹד מִכֹּל הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר עַל־פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה׃

4  Suddenly Hashem called to Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the Tent of Meeting.” So the three of them went out.

ד  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה פִּתְאֹם אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל־אַהֲרֹן וְאֶל־מִרְיָם צְאוּ שְׁלָשְׁתְּכֶם אֶל־אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וַיֵּצְאוּ שְׁלָשְׁתָּם׃

5  Hashem came down in a pillar of cloud, stopped at the entrance of the Tent, and called out, “Aharon and Miriam!” The two of them came forward;

ה  וַיֵּרֶד יְהֹוָה בְּעַמּוּד עָנָן וַיַּעֲמֹד פֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל וַיִּקְרָא אַהֲרֹן וּמִרְיָם וַיֵּצְאוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם׃

6  and He said, “Hear these My words: When a navi of Hashem arises among you, I make Myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream.

ו  וַיֹּאמֶר שִׁמְעוּ־נָא דְבָרָי אִם־יִהְיֶה נְבִיאֲכֶם יְהֹוָה בַּמַּרְאָה אֵלָיו אֶתְוַדָּע בַּחֲלוֹם אֲדַבֶּר־בּוֹ׃

7  Not so with My servant Moshe; he is trusted throughout My household.

ז  לֹא־כֵן עַבְדִּי מֹשֶׁה בְּכָל־בֵּיתִי נֶאֱמָן הוּא׃

8  With him I speak mouth to mouth, plainly and not in riddles, and he beholds the likeness of Hashem. How then did you not shrink from speaking against My servant Moshe!”

PEH el PEH a-da-bayr BO u-mar-EH v’-LO v’-khee-DOT ut-mu-NAT a-do-NAI ya-BEET u-ma-DU-a LO y’-ray-TEM l’-da-BAYR b’-av-DEE v’-mo-SHEH

ח  פֶּה אֶל־פֶּה אֲדַבֶּר־בּוֹ וּמַרְאֶה וְלֹא בְחִידֹת וּתְמֻנַת יְהֹוָה יַבִּיט וּמַדּוּעַ לֹא יְרֵאתֶם לְדַבֵּר בְּעַבְדִּי בְמֹשֶׁה׃

9  Still incensed with them, Hashem departed.

ט  וַיִּחַר אַף יְהֹוָה בָּם וַיֵּלַךְ׃

10  As the cloud withdrew from the Tent, there was Miriam stricken with snow-white scales! When Aharon turned toward Miriam, he saw that she was stricken with scales.

י  וְהֶעָנָן סָר מֵעַל הָאֹהֶל וְהִנֵּה מִרְיָם מְצֹרַעַת כַּשָּׁלֶג וַיִּפֶן אַהֲרֹן אֶל־מִרְיָם וְהִנֵּה מְצֹרָעַת׃

11  And Aharon said to Moshe, “O my lord, account not to us the sin which we committed in our folly.

יא  וַיֹּאמֶר אַהֲרֹן אֶל־מֹשֶׁה בִּי אֲדֹנִי אַל־נָא תָשֵׁת עָלֵינוּ חַטָּאת אֲשֶׁר נוֹאַלְנוּ וַאֲשֶׁר חָטָאנוּ׃

12  Let her not be as one dead, who emerges from his mother’s womb with half his flesh eaten away.”

יב  אַל־נָא תְהִי כַּמֵּת אֲשֶׁר בְּצֵאתוֹ מֵרֶחֶם אִמּוֹ וַיֵּאָכֵל חֲצִי בְשָׂרוֹ׃

13  So Moshe cried out to Hashem, saying, “O Hashem, pray heal her!”

יג  וַיִּצְעַק מֹשֶׁה אֶל־יְהֹוָה לֵאמֹר אֵל נָא רְפָא נָא לָהּ׃

14  But Hashem said to Moshe, “If her father spat in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut out of camp for seven days, and then let her be readmitted.”

יד  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וְאָבִיהָ יָרֹק יָרַק בְּפָנֶיהָ הֲלֹא תִכָּלֵם שִׁבְעַת יָמִים תִּסָּגֵר שִׁבְעַת יָמִים מִחוּץ לַמַּחֲנֶה וְאַחַר תֵּאָסֵף׃

15  So Miriam was shut out of camp seven days; and the people did not march on until Miriam was readmitted.

טו  וַתִּסָּגֵר מִרְיָם מִחוּץ לַמַּחֲנֶה שִׁבְעַת יָמִים וְהָעָם לֹא נָסַע עַד־הֵאָסֵף מִרְיָם׃

16  After that the people set out from Hazeroth and encamped in the wilderness of Paran.

טז  וְאַחַר נָסְעוּ הָעָם מֵחֲצֵרוֹת וַיַּחֲנוּ בְּמִדְבַּר פָּארָן׃

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  • John Donaldson

    When did Moses marry an Ethopian woman? And were Aaron & Miriam racist?

    • Bill Bailey

      The Jewish people are under strict command not to interbreed with other races. I'd say, by todays "standards" (a true oxymoron), everyone was what we deem "a racist" back then. Moses got married when He got married. If He wed an Ethiopian gal, you can be sure G-D approved it, and that was G-D's point.

  • Ermal caushi

    Verses 8 did Moses see god as a human or how did he see Hashem. How dose he talk to him mouth to mouth ?

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