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24/25 June: Parshat Behalotecha

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In parshat Behalotcha, two of the elders, Eldad and Medad, begin to prophesy in the camp.  Joshua sees the elders’ prophetic ability as a threat to Moses’ authority and urges Moses to restrain them.  Moses rebukes Joshua for his concern saying, “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord put His spirit upon them” (Numbers 11:29).  Ideally, says Moses, every Israelite should qualify as a prophet.

Realistically, you can’t have many different prophets preaching different messages — but Moses finds that these two are genuine in their ability and approach.   It is a lesson that good leaders who are concerned for the future, must train or “bring-along” others to ultimately replace them.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

June 22, 2016