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Chukat begins with an account of the Red Heifer, a strange practice whose object was the purification of those who had become contaminated through contact with the dead. The heifer was burned, and its ashes, mixed with water, sprinkled on those who had be...
This week’s Torah reading begins: Zos Chukas HaTorah, “This is the statute of the Torah,” establishing a connection between the type of mitzvos called chukim and the entire Torah. The root for the word, chukim, means “engrave.” Engraving involves strenuou...
Remember the story of the miraglim in Parshas Shelach? Instead of doing exactly what Moshe said, the miraglim added things which they were not instructed. Parshas Chukas describes another team of miraglim, sent out many years later. The Jewish people were...
Parshas Chukas; Numbers 19:1-25:9
Adapted fromLikkutei Sichos, Vol. XVIII, p. 229ff What Mortal Knowledge Cannot Grasp The term Chukim refers to those mitzvos whose rationale cannot be grasped by human intellect. Within this category, however, the laws of the Red Heifer stand out as uniqu...
Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 18, Chukas
Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 18, Chukas
How the Parah Adumah is a template for the super-rational nature of Judaism.
Soul Boost for Parshat Chukat
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