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Parshat Chukat: The Unappreciated Greatness

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In conversations surrounding the great leaders of the Torah, we tend to circle around a handful of people whose impact is clear and undisputed. Yet, in the almost exclusive acknowledgment of certain figure’s significance in our history, we run the risk of disregarding that of others. In Parshat Chukat, the Torah mentions the death of one such leader whose greatness was surely unappreciated and whose influence is generally unknown: Miriam.

Miriam — younger sister of Aharon and older sister of Moshe Rabbeinu — is generally viewed through the context of her role in Moshe’s entrance into the Jewish story: She saved him from the Egyptians’ infanticide and gave him a chance at life, which allowed him to become the unparalleled leader we know him to be. However, to limit Miriam’s role through this lens would be sorely mistaken.

As the new generation of Bnei Yisrael are........

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