Waters of Meribah
by Raina Scherer
In Parshat Bamidbar, the Israelites lament to Moses and Aaron about their lack of water in the desert and question G-d’s decision to bring them out of Egypt. G-d then commands Moses to strike a rock with his staff, causing a colossal gush of water to spurt out of it. As punishment for their lack of faith, G-d prohibits this generation of Israelites from entering the holy land.