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Why was a fast day established for the day of Miriam’s passing?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus


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The 10th of Nissan is observed by some as a fast day, in commemoration of Miriam's demise on that date.

The death of Miriam indirectly led to the death of her brothers (in the desert) as well:

It was in the merit of Miriam that the Israelites were accompanied throughout their desert trek with a water-spewing rock. When she died, the miraculous rock would not give. It was then that the incident where Moses hit the rock took place. It was because of that incident that Moses and Aharon could not enter the land. Thus Miriam’s passing is more severe than that of our brethren.

(Please note: the fast for Miriam’s passing is not commonly observed.)

Source: Likutei Sichot 12:34 fn. 10.

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History » Desert Sojourn

[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.
The first month of the Jewish calendar. This month, which falls out in early spring, is known for the holiday of Passover which starts on the 15th of Nissan.
Older sister of Moses and Aaron, and a prophetess in her own right.