Moshe is taught the laws of the Para Aduma (Red heifer) whose ashes purify a person who has been contaminated by contact with a dead body.
After forty years of journeying through the desert, the people of Israel arrive in the wilderness of Zin.Miriam dies, and the people thirst forwater. Hashem tells Moshe to speak to arock and command it to give water. Moshe gets angry at the rebellious Israelites andstrikes the stone. Water issues forth, but Moshe is told by Hashem that neither he nor Aaron will enter the Promised Land.
Aaron dies at Hor Hahar and is succeeded in the Kehuna Gedolah by his sonElazar. Venomous snakes attack the Israelite camp after yet another eruption of discontent in which the people “speak against Hashem and Moshe”; Hashem tells Moshe to placeabrass serpent upon a high pole, and all who will gaze heavenward will be healed. The people sing asong in honor of the miraculous well that provided them water in the desert.
Moshe leads the people in battles against the Emorite kingsSichon and Og (who seek to prevent Israel’s passage through their territory) and conquers their lands, which lie east of the Jordan.