Chukat

Chukat 5773 – Gilayon #803

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat That they take you a perfect red cow That has no blemish and on which no yoke has been put. And you shall give her to eleazar the priest… (Bemidbar 19:2-3)   We have already explained that the whole intention with regard to the Sanctuary was to affect those that came to it with a feeling of awe and of fear; as it says: Ye shall fear My Sanctuary. Now if one is continually in contact with a venerable object, the impression...

Chukat 5772 – Gilayon #755

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat "And Moshe lifted up his hand, and smote the rock with his rod twice and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their cattle drank" (Bemidbar 20:11)     The Striking of the Boulder- Response Out Of Desperation or Fulfillment of God's Command?  Have we the right to investigate the feelings of Moshe our teacher at that moment? What was in the heart of 'the servant of God' – about whom God himself testified "in...

Chukat 5771 – Gilayon #708

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat And they turned and they went up on the road to bashan, And og king of bashan came out to meet them in battle, He and all his troops, at edrei. (Bemidbar 21:33)   And Og went out – I have already explained in Parashat Lech Lecha why he was privileged to live so long, from Noah to Avraham. (Hizkuni, ibid., ibid.)   And the fugitive arrived – Explained Rashi – "this was Og, who survived...

Chukat 5770 – Gilayon #655

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat Moses raised his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, when an abundance of water gushed forth, and the congregation and their livestock drank. (Bamidbar 20:11)   When an abundance of water gushed forth Know, that the blessing willingly and warmly given by God is not laudable for its quantity but rather for its quality, for it is more exalted and proper that one satisfy one's hunger with a little food and quench one's...

Chukat 5769 – Gilayon #608

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat They journeyed from Mount Hor by way of the Red Sea to circle the land of Edom, and the people became disheartened because of the way. (Bamidbar 21:4)   Anything difficult for a person to bear is called kitzur nefesh , like a person who is beset with trouble, and his mind is not composed enough to accept it. There is no place in his heart for the distress to settle. The...

Chukat 5768 – Gilayon #556

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ARRIVED AT THE DESERT OF ZIN IN THE FIRST MONTH, AND THE PEOPLE SETTLED IN KADESH.  MIRIAM DIED THERE AND WAS BURIED THERE. THE CONGREGATION HAD NO WATER; SO THEY ASSEMBLED AGAINST MOSES AND AARON. (Bamidbar 20:1-2)   Three good leaders had arisen for Israel, namely. Moses, Aaron and Miriam, and for their sake three good things were conferred , namely, the Well, the Pillar of Cloud...

Chukat 5767 – Gilayon #502

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary – parshat (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat MOSES MADE A COPPER SNAKE AND PUT IT ON A POLE, AND WHENEVER A SNAKE BIT A MAN, HE WOULD GAZE UPON THE COPPER SNAKE AND LIVE. (Bamidbar 21:9)   AND IT WAS IN THE THIRD YEAR OF HOSHEA THE SON OF ELAH, THE KING OF ISRAEL, THAT HEZEKIAH THE SON OF AHAZ THE KING OF JUDAH, BECAME KING… AND HE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF THE LORD, LIKE ALL THAT...

Chukat 5766 – Gilayon #453

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary – parshat (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat THEN MOSES LIFTED HIS HAND AND HIT THE ROCK WITH HIS STAFF TWICE, AND MUCH WATER CAME OUT AND THE COMMUNITY AND THEIR LIVESTOCK WERE GIVEN DRINK. (Bamidbar 20:11)   "When our Rabbi Moses became angry, he also erred" And Elazar the priest told the men who had taken part in the fighting: This is the law of the Torah – Because Moses became angry, he also erred. R. Elazar ben Azariah says: Moses...

Chukat 5765 – Gilayon #402

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary – parshat (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat YOU SHALL GIVE IT TO ELAZAR THE PRIEST. IT SHALL BE TAKEN OUTSIDE THE CAMP AND SLAUGHTERED IN HIS PRESENCE. (Bamidbar 19:3)   He said, You shall give – rather than you shall give… He said you shall give – for now and for future generations. Elazar, who was to slaughter it, took it from the court of law in order that they assign it to him to prepare...

Chukat 5764 – Gilayon #347

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary – parshat (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parashat Chukkat THIS IS THE RITUAL LAW THAT THE LORD HAS COMMANDED: INSTRUCT THE ISRAELITE PEOPLE TO BRING YOU A RED COW WITHOUT BLEMISH, IN WHICH THERE IS NO DEFECT AND ON WHICH NO YOKE HAS BEEN LAID. (Bamidbar 19:2)   …Cow -this is Israel, Israel has balked like a stubborn cow (Hoshea 4:16). Red, this is Israel, Their limbs were ruddier than coral (Eikhah 4:7). Without blemish, this is...