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    Like complainers – B’ha’alot’cha

    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.

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