Village Reform Congregation

Summary of Weekly Torah Portions during June 2018


June 1 & 2: (Behaalotecha, Numbers 8: 1-12.16): There us a description of the seven-branched menorah in the sanctuary. The Children of Israel voice complaints about the hardships of the life in the Sinai wilderness. God tells Moses to appoint seventy elders to share the burdens of leadership with him. Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses.


June 8 & 9: (Shelach, Numbers 13:1-15.41): Moses sends twelve spies to report on the land of Canaan. Ten of the twelve report that the Israelites will be unable to conquer the land. Only Caleb and Joshua give an optimistic report. Hearing the report of the spies, the Children of Israel rebel. God decrees that of all those from the age of twenty and over, only Caleb and Joshua will enter the Promised Land. The Children of Israel are instructed to make fringes on the corners of their garments as a reminder of God's Commandments.


June 15 & 16 (Korach, Numbers 16:1–18.32): Korach, Dathan, Abram, and On and their followers rebel against Moses' leadership. The rebels are destroyed. The redemption of the firs-born Israelite son (Pidyon Haben) is described.


June 22 & 23 (Chakkat, Numbers 19:1-22.1): The law of the red heifer is described. Miriam dies. The Lord informs Aaron and Moses that they will not be allowed to enter Eretz Yisrael because they disobeyed God's command at the waters of Meribah. Aaron dies at Mount Hur and is mourned by the entire people. His son, Eleazar, becomes the new Kohen Gadol (High Priest.)


June 29 & 30 (Balak, Numbers 22: 2-25.9): Balak, the King of Moab, seeks to hire Balaam, a soothsayer of great repute, to curse the Israelites so he can defeat them. Instead Balaam blesses the Israelites. "How goodly (fair) are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel."