Chanukah (Day 3)
Torah Portion: Numbers 7:24 – 7:35
Bemidbar (Numbers) relates the consolidation of Israel as a community in the Sinai and God taking up residence in the Mishkan (Tabernacle). They are now commanded to take possession of the Promised Law. The people are numbered and preparations are made. However, there is considerable grumbling about the hardships of the desert journey and rebellions against the authority of Moses and Aaron. This sees God destroy about 15,000 by various means. When the people arrive at the Promise Land they send out spies who return with unfavorable reports. This ends with God punishing the remaining Israelites to wander the desert for 40 years until a new generation of Israelites returns to the Plain of Moab read to cross the river Jordan.