Chukat: Chapter 10

"And the people spoke out against Elohim, and against Moses"


Rabbi Yitzchak informs us that "Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel" means she was enveloped by the Holy Spirit after three days of fasting that made her body weak. She merited this blessing because she guarded her words and did not speak evil. We are assured that anyone who speaks with an evil tongue will be harmed by his own actions in some way, and then Rabbi Yitzchak talks about the title verse - in which the masses say slanderous things about God and also quarrel with Moses. It was, we learn, for this reason these people were burned in the fire.