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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...
The Sages tell us that Aaron devoted himself to carrying out the command "love your fellow" to the highest degree. The Midrash relates how he attracted people to the teachings of the Torah...
For an informed reading of Judges 11:1–33
Jephthah sent a message to the king of Ammon demanding an explanation for the ongoing terror.
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.
For the Haftarah of Chukat, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
The Talmud tells us that “Jephthah in his generation is like Samuel in his generation.”
Miriam was no ordinary sibling. Moses owed her his entire relationship with his natural family, as well as his identity as one of the children of Israel.
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...
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