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Miriam: (a) (1400-1274 BCE) A prophetess, daughter of Amram and Jochebed, older sister of Aaron and Moses. After the Splitting of the Sea she led the women in song and dance. In her merit the Israelites were miraculously provided with water in the desert. The Talmud identifies her with the midwife Puah, who practiced midwifery in Egypt together with Shifrah (Jochebed), and defied Pharaoh’s orders to kill Israelite babies. (b) A common Jewish name.
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Miriam, the daughter of Amram and Yocheved, and older sister of her two famous brothers, Aaron and Moses, was born in Egypt just when the Jewish people were reduced to slavery, oppression and hard labor. This was in the year 2362 (after Creation), eighty-...
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Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aharon and the daughter of Yocheved. Just as Moses and Aaron were the leaders of the Jewish men in Egypt, Miriam lead and guided the Jewish women. Miriam’s name, from the Hebrew root mar, means “bitterness.” Witnessing t...
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