Life in the wilderness was hard. There were complaints on all sides.
Why does the text say the people were k’miton’nenim – “like complainers” (Num. 11:1). Like complainers? Were they complainers or weren’t they? Is there some reason to use the word “like”?
Perhaps it is to teach us that we should not jump to conclusions – not to say, “You are a complainer”, but “You seem like a complainer”. There must be room for doubt.