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Chukat 5771 — telling good from bad

July 1, 2011
Chukat 5771 — telling good from bad

And Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked at the serpent of bronze, he lived.   …Numbers 21:9 He (King Hezekiah) removed the high places…and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses...
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Chukat 5770 – Purity from Impurity

June 18, 2010

I saw Fiddler on the Roof recently, so lines from that great musical are in my head. Like the one Tevye says: “posing problems that would cross a rabbi’s eyes…” This week’s Torah portion, Chukat from the book of Numbers, has one of those questions. The mystery of the “parah adumah,” the red heifer....
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Chukat 5767 — The Torah of Flying

June 25, 2007
Tiger Moth Biplane

This week’s Torah portion contains detail after detail about the purification of a person who had been contaminated through contact with a corpse. The process started with finding a perfect red heifer, one without even a spot on it, it must have no blemish, and it must never have been used to work the...
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