Leviathan Jewish Journal at UC Santa Cruz

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.

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