Parshas Chukas features one of the saddest dramas of Moshe Rabbeinu’s life. Bnei Yisrael come to Kadesh and camp there, and Miriam dies. With her death, the well of water that had provided for the people for forty years suddenly dries up. Bnei Yisrael come to Moshe and Aharon and complain about the lack of water, lamenting that they have been brought to the wilderness only to die of thirst and that it would have been better to be killed along with the rest of the generation (20:1-5).
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