The name “Miriam” stems from the Hebrew word for “bitter” (mar), and Miriam has every right to feel that way.
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Parashat Chukat (Numbers 20:1-22:1) Who was Miriam? She is the only woman in the Torah who bears the title "Neviah" -- prophetess. So who was she?
Moshe was one of a kind. "None ever rose again like Moshe." At the same time, in very powerful ways, Moshe and Miriam were two of a kind. Their personalities and passions overlapped generously. And despite being separated over decades during Moshe's extended sojourn in Midian, their destinies and their souls remained intertwined. When one of them left this world, the other descended into grief-stricken crisis.
In shuls across the world this Shabbat we will hear five short, simple Hebrew words: El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now).
Like all women, Miriam is a complex human being, whom I cannot fully understand.
Woven into many Jews' seders when they sit down to celebrate Passover this year will be a spate of new traditions.