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Red Heifer, The Mitzvah of: offering made in Temple times as part of a process of ritual cleansing (discussed in Numbers 19:1-22)
An overview of the Parah Adumah from classical sources
Learn about the mysterious red heifer, which left even King Solomon, the wisest of all men, scratching his head in wonderment.
Is there a limit to altruism?
Just because you are ready to completely sacrifice your own spiritual development in order to help others with theirs, that doesn’t mean that G‑d is ready to accept that sacrifice.
This parshah talks about a very strange commandment. I say "strange," because there are certain details of the commandment to remove defilement by sprinkling the ashes of the red heifer that are unlike any other commandment in the Torah. The commandment o...
Why is the red heifer called chukat haTorah, "the decree of the Torah"? It's as if the Torah is saying, "This is the crux of the whole Torah." We know that the essence of the whole Torah is love of one's fellow: There is the famous story of the sage Hille...
This week, we are taught the law of the Red Heifer. If someone comes in contact with a dead body, they have to be purified by being sprinkled with water mixed with the ashes of the Red Heifer. Regarding this mitzvah, the Torah says, Zot chukat haTorah (“T...
Only by yearning to escape the confines of the earth can we imbue our life on earth with meaning.
Mired in Grudge Imagine if a sculpture was formed of your likeness when you were young and strong. Forty years later you would look back and see yourself in your prime, frozen in time at the peak of your strength. You would gaze wistfully at the strong li...
Why is the red heifer referred to as "the suprarational command of the Torah" ?
Moses was baffled when G‑d described for him the impurity contracted through contact with a corpse. Why?
This is the parshah that deals with the Parah Adumah (Red Heifer). For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Parah Adumah, I’ll try very briefly to summarize the main points. In Yiddishkeit, spiritual purity is a desirable factor. This has nothing to d...
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