Are there any sources that give the date for the incident in Kibroth Hattaavah recorded in B'Midbar Chapter 11? I am trying to figure out if it happened on a particular mo'ed or any significant date.

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Seder Olam Rabbah 8 says the Jews left Sinai on 20 Iyar of Year 2 after the Exodus, traveled to Kibrot Hattaavah, spent 30 days there (because that's how long they ate the quail for Num 11:20), traveled to Chatzerot, spent 7 days there (because that's how long Miriam was expelled for Num 12:15), traveled to Midbar Paran, arriving on 28 Sivan or the same year. That's a span of 38/39 days including both end dates to cover 37 days of encampment plus 3 travels (he doesn't mention if Iyar that year had 29 or 30 days).

So the fight probably took place 20, 21 or 22 Iyar.

  • A classic instance of Seder Olam assuming everything takes the absolute minimum possible amount of time to occur.
    – Double AA
    May 21, 2013 at 2:18
  • Doesn't Rashi on the Chumash give a very similar accounting of the days? I can't remember exactly where
    – Menachem
    May 21, 2013 at 3:43
  • @Menachem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_egg_dilemma
    – Double AA
    May 21, 2013 at 3:47
  • Probably so. Do you remember where the Rashi is?
    – Menachem
    May 21, 2013 at 4:21
  • @Menachem Nope. Sorry
    – Double AA
    May 21, 2013 at 4:22

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