Portion of the Week / Moses‘ half-brothers

09.06.2012                      19.Siwan. 5772                      Beha'alotcha


Portion of the Week / Moses' half-brothers

Moses' problem is that he is a solitary figure, and the solution to that involves distribution of authority – i.e., a dissemination and expansion of his channel of communication to God among the elders.

In this week's Torah portion, Moses complains to God about the difficulty of leading the nation: "I am not able to bear all this people myself alone, because it is too heavy for me" (Numbers 11:14 ). In response, God instructs him: "Gather unto Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with thee. And I will come down and speak with thee there; and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone" (Num. 11:16-17 )….