hebrew
1)

Seeing as the Cloud had departed from the Ohel Mo'ed (See Pasuk 10), why did the people not travel?

1.

Seforno: Because they realized that the Cloud only departed in order to distance Miriam. 1

2.

Da'as Zekenim: They did not travel because the Cloud did not go, due to Moshe's honor. 2

3.

Hadar Zekenim: They did not travel, for the Cloud did not go to honor Moshe (avenge what she said about him), since the Cloud was in her honor. 3


1

Refer to 12:10:1:2.

2

I.e. verse 10 discusses the Cloud above Machaneh Yisrael, and not the Cloud that showed them where to travel. Alternatively, it departed and returned, or went only up, and did not lead them in any direction. (PF)

3

Refer to 12:15:1:2*. This is unlike Ta'anis 9a, which says that the Cloud was in Aharon's merit. (PF)

2)

On what merit did the entire camp of Yisrael wait seven days for Miriam to be cured before moving?

1.

Rashi (from Sotah 1:9): On the merit of the short time that she waited 1 to see what would happen to Moshe, 2 when he was cast into the river (Shemos 2:4).

2.

Targum Yonasan (14): In the merit of Moshe (whose honor had been wounded).


1

See Ba'al ha'Turim.

2

Targum Yonasan (16): From here (the fact that the whole of Yisrael -numbering 600,000 - the Clouds of Glory, the Mishkan and the well, waited for Miriam for seven days), we can learn the great reward that is due to Tzadikim for every Mitzvah that they perform.

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