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Chukat in a Nutshell

Chukat in a Nutshell

Numbers 19:1–22:1


Moses is taught the laws of the 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 for water. G‑d tells Moses to speak to a rock and command it to give water. Moses gets angry at the rebellious Israelites and strikes the stone. Water issues forth, but Moses is told by G‑d that neither he nor Aaron will enter the Promised Land.

Aaron dies at Hor Hahar and is succeeded in the high priesthood by his son Elazar. Venomous snakes attack the Israelite camp after yet another eruption of discontent in which the people “speak against G‑d and Moses”; G‑d tells Moses to place a brass serpent upon a high pole, and all who will gaze heavenward will be healed. The people sing a song in honor of the miraculous well that provided them water in the desert.

Moses leads the people in battles against the Emorite kings Sichon and Og (who seek to prevent Israel’s passage through their territory) and conquers their lands, which lie east of the Jordan.

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ImAHebrew January 10, 2016

Rosh Chodesh! Thank you for the response. Yes, the Bes Hamikdosh is in the process of rebuilding, and the Ashes of the Parah Aduma have been found, so yes, everyone will be purified. Did you have any insight into the Living Water that must be aded to the Ashes of the Parah Aduma, which was placed in the Vessel? Blessings in The Name. Reply

Yisroel Cotlar Cary, NC January 8, 2016

When Moshiach comes and the Bes Hamikdosh is rebuilt we will have a new Parah Aduma and everyone will be purified then.... Reply

ImAHebrew January 2, 2016

Moshiach-Several Questions Is Moshiach required to be cleansed from the defilement of death as outlined with the Parah Adumah? Also, why does Living Water have to be added to the Ashes of the Parah Adumah in the Vessel? Reply

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