Chukas

Rolling stones

Famously, Moshe Rabeinu sins in our sedra by ostensibly hitting a rock which he was commanded to speak to. What exactly was the sin? There are several opinions here; we shall cite a few of them. Rashi (20:11-12) writes the above point; that Moshe was supposed to speak to the…

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I demand an explanation

The opening comment of Rashi in Chukas seems to be rather enigmatic. Commenting on why the pasuk (19:2) dubs the parah adumah a ‘chok’ (a mitzvah which we cannot comprehend), Rashi writes that the Satan and nations of the world would mock Klal Yisrael in asking ‘what reason does this…

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chukim v mishpatim; an in-depth analysis

Parshas Chukas; Fathoming the Unfathomable & Making it Relevant : This week we shall look at an essential topic within the world of mitzvos. The topic is as detailed as it is important, and for a fuller picture please (feel free to) read the footnotes too. Our sedra opens with…

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Amalek or Kna'nim??

The Torah tells us that the when the Kna’anim heard that Aharon died and the Ananei HaKavod went away, they attacked Bnei Yisroel.
Rashi tells us that this was really Amalek who spoke the language of Kna’an although they were dressed like Amalek. Why would Amalek attack again after having…

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Shlomo thought he was wise??

Shlomo HaMelech said, "Amarti Echkimah Vihee Richokah Mimehnee"; "I thought I was wise, however it is distant from me." Shlomo thought that he would be able to understand the reason behind the Parah Adumah, however it was distant and hidden from him.
What gave Shlomo the idea that he…

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Rock and Roll!!

In Parshas BeShalach when Hashem first wanted the water to flow from the rock Hashem told Moshe to hit it. Why 40 years later when Hahsem wanted to renew the water flow after Miriam's death was Moshe punished for hitting it? The Netziv in the Hemek Davar explains that in…

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why did they not cry for Miriam (the uncut version)

Two of our three ‘good leaders’ (parnasim tovim; gemarra Ta’anis 9a) in the desert die in our sedra; Miriam and Aharon. Most know of Aharon’s greatness - he was the kohen gadol, the spokesperson for Moshe to Pharoah, he stopped the mass plague in parshas Korach, and it was in…

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