Light to the Nations – with Rabbi Chaim Richman
Weekly series of short messages concerning the weekly Torah Portion.
How strange: A Torah portion that begins with the description of the Red Heifer, the meaning of which we are told only Moses could comprehend, ends with Moses’ fateful error where he strikes the rock that G-d has commended him to speak to. The beginning almost seems to contradict the end!
Not so: The same humility and lack of ego which enabled Moses to perceive G-d’s will concerning the Red Heifer also motivated Moses to insist that the account of his grievous error likewise be duly recorded by Torah.
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Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)
Parashat Chukat is read on Shabbat:
Tammuz 2, 5768/July 5, 2008