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Weekly Torah Commentaries >> Sefer Bamidbar >> Chukas

Parsha Chukas

The PRECISE Moment

1. Satan & the nations' assault against the Jewish People is due to the absurdity of the red Heifer.

2. G-d's response: "It is my decree and you have no right to question it".

3.In what context is there a basis for speculation?

4. Why was death pronounced upon mankind?

5. At Sinai the Jewish People reverted to the Pr-sin state.

6. Had they not made the golden calf they would not have been subject to death.

7. Why juxtapose the passing of Miriam to the red Heifer?

8. What is the commonality between the remains of a human being , leprosy, & idolatry?

9. The first red Heifer had to be prepared by Moshe.

10 Every red Heifer into the future must have an intermingling of the ash of Moshe to be effective.

11. Prior to the sin of Adam: 7 Mitzvos were sufficient to address Adam's spiritual potential.

12. After the sin: 613 Mitzvos are required.

13. Only the Jew contracts spiritual impurity.
Daily "SEEs The Moment!"

1. A statute is a law that can not be understood on a rational basis.

2. The statute of the Red Heifer is the most enigmatic of all the statutes contained in the Torah.

3. King Solomon the wisest of all men writes that it is beyond his grasp; he is confounded by its inner workings.

4. It is the only process that purifies one from the contamination of the dead.

5. Chazal: the Jews are deprecated by Satan and the nations of the the world for its absurdity.

6. G-d's response is: "It is my decree and you have no right to question it."

7. G-d is saying it surpasses the human faculty of intelligence.

8. King Soloman's statement is a confirmation that only the Divine Mind can comprehend this statute.

9. At Mara after the splitting of the Sea the Jewish People came upon an oasis in the desert where the water was bitter.

10. G-d instructed Moshe to put a tree into the water and it was miraculously sweetened .

11. At that time G-d gave the Jews 4 laws: Honoring one's parents,the Shabbos, Laws of adjudication,and the Red Heifer.

12. If the Mara event preceded Sinai, before the Jews were subject to spiritual contamination,

13. Why did G-d choose to give the Statute to them at this time?

1. The Midrash tells us G-d provided three redeemers for the Jewish People .

2. Moshe, Aaron,and Miriam were the redeemers.

3. The manna was in the merit of Moshe.

4. The clouds of glory were in the merit of Aaron

5. The wellspring was in the merit of Miriam who "sang the song at the sea".

6. Why must the Midrash qualify Miriam's worthiness?

7. Why did Moshe sing the Shira after the sea closed on the Egyptian armies?

8. To articulate & define every aspect of the miracle of the sea for the Jews to have an understanding & appreciation of G-d.

9. This was a necessary precursor to Sinai to be taken as G-d's chosen people.

10. If Miriam is identified as 1 of the 3 redeemers of Israel, how did she participate in the redemption?

11. Miriam, leading the women in song, as Moshe had, gave the women an appreciation for G-d's love & concern for them.

12. Miriam was therefore worthy to merit to provide the wellspring.

1. The statute of the "Red Heifer" is the most enigmatic .

2. King Solomon writes in Koheles : "Although I have become wisend it is beyond me".

3. King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, understood the rationale for all statutes except for the Red Heifer.

4. Why was it important for King Solomon to make that statement?

5. The Torah refers to Yisro (the father-in-law of Moshe)as the High Priest of Midian.

6. The Torah states a Jew is not permitted to aggrieved his fellow..

7. An example of this would be reminding a repentant of his errant past.

8. If so why does the Torah refer to Yisro as the High Priest of Midian?

9. Chazal : Yisro as a pagan worshiped all the deities in existence.

10. He then refuted them all concluding that there is only one G-d.

11. Identifying Yisro as the High Priest is a badge of honor to display to the world the falseness of paganism.

12 .One could say the statutes of the Torah are archaic and absurd. 

13. King Solomon, the most credible person says, "although I am the wisest person (to ever live)the statute of the Red Heifer is beyond me."

1. After Miriam's passing the wellspring ceased to flow.

2 .The Jews quarreled with Moshe & Aaron: "We and our livestock will die".

3. G-d said to Moshe: "Speak to the rock;it will give forth water for them & their livestock."

4. Midrash: G-d is concerned for the assets of the Jews .

5. G-d provided water in greater abundance to be sufficient for the livestock besides the people.

6. The Jewish People & their livestock were provided with water for 39 years.

7. Why is there no reference to
G-d's display of kindness,providing water for livestock all these years?

8. In the first year in the desert when there was no water the Jews' claim was : "What are we to drink or we to die?" Here- no mention of livestock.

9. In the 40th year when the wellspring ceased they said,
"We & our livestock will die."

10. The Lesson : When one is focused on a specific need-although other needs are provided for- it does not resonate within the person.

11. In the 40th year, when focused on themselves AND livestock dying- & their need would be satisfied--- the takeaway would resonate succinctly.

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