Thanks to Miriam, Moses’ sister, the prophetess and singer-dancer, as well as Mary, the mother of Jesus in the New Testament, this name (with its varieties) is one of the most common in the world. The name’s origin seems to be Egyptian, meaning “wished-for child,” derived from myr...
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July 3, 2008 | 11:29 amJust like that, she was gone.
With no forewarning, Parashat Chukat tells us "Miriam died there and was buried there" (Numbers 20:1). "She died with a Divine kiss," the Talmud says, and with that one kiss, the sole female voice in the Israelite camp was gone.
Who was Miriam? She is...
June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pmMoshe 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,...
May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pmIn shuls across the world this Shabbat we will hear five short, simple Hebrew words: El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now).
Our prayers are never more heartfelt than when we ask for intervention in the process of sickness and death. God, we are saying, we acknowledge that...
June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Like all women, Miriam is a complex human being, whom I cannot fully understand. In this week's portion she dies suddenly, leaving me as puzzled as I have always been with her role as a leader.
I am left with many unanswered questions. Why is she the only woman in the Torah called a...
April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Woven into many Jews' seders when they sit down to celebrate Passover this year will be a spate of new traditions.
A Miriam's Cup next to Elijah's represents the role of the prophetess Miriam in the Exodus and highlights women's contributions to Jewish culture. A seemingly...