Newsletter

TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE RED HEIFER


This week we are presented with the classic “chok,” a law which is seemingly incomprehensible. As the Artscroll commentary puts it, “The Midrash focuses primarily on one paradox in the laws of the Red Heifer: Its ashes purify people who had become contaminated, yet those who engage in its preparation become contaminated.” (Introduction to the Torah portion Chukas, Stone Chumash) King Solomon exclaimed concerning this mitzvah (Torah commandment), “it is far from me” (Ecclesiastes 7:23). 

view
WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE AFRAID


As I write these words, the headlines read, "Terror in Tel Aviv, Gush Etzion." And then, the following week, the headlines read, "Terrorists kill four rabbis." 

view

 

Recent Posts


Tags

holy Baku Dead Sea Pinchas survival Leah missiles Faith Greeks King of the Universe Western World Banias Moshiach Shabbos Esau cries hubris matzos tremors Shechina Geula Temple Mount kosher Golden Calf America High Holy Days David Judgement Day Ruth Samuel the Prophet deluge End of Days mikveh prophets Ishmael trees Tu b'Shvat King Solomon compassion priests Protective edge Europe Amram barley Parsha salvation Teshuva Mount Hermon sacrifices prophet Samuel prophet liberation eternity Passover Seder Land of Israel Day of Judgement prayer book three weeks esrog Abraham Sea of Galilee persecution Rebecca Rome murder Children of Israel water Miriam Zohar Second Temple Jewish People Sukkah Samuel night sin Sefiras haOmer Angel of Death logic bird Benjamin Rebbe Western Wall King David Nation of Israel Chol haMoed sun Shushan Garden of Eden fires Exodus Moses Yaakov Ashkenazi blessing Mount Sinai Midrash Moshe terrorism Rosh Hashana Zion Tisha b'Av Avraham tabernacle Adam synagogue Sages Moab terrorists creation Jerusalem Abrahem resurrection secret repentance redeemer Haman sanctity Torah scholars Hagar Torah portion plague Aharon shofar Pharaoh Sodom patriarchs Earth miracles Red Sea siddur Judah Final redemption Sarah Lunar eclipse pain Day of Atonement ethics stars minyan Galil Zion, Angel Holiness Noah India Maccabeans Malbim Jews Ten Commandments terror Balak light shield of Abraham yarmulke violence fault Creator bible Sephardi Tzuk etan rabbi Moshaich cholent Chanukah fragrance Jewish purity Israel slavery Laban world to come Solar eclipse Rashi Torah Mordechai idol Song of Songs Tefillin peace Chafetz Chaim United Nations Joseph spiritual Hebrew evil bris milah Holy Ark evil inclination Jew Miraglim Macabees tears Tallis dreams rosh chodesh Jacob Matisyahu Bais Hamikdosh Golus Canaan media rain Golan spirituality materialism kiddush Prophecy Ishmeal fear heaven pray Psalm Rachel prayers keys self-worship 2020 Vision repent Father in Heaven kesuba meraglim Rabbi Akiva soul song Holy land Boaz Blame New Moon Babylon forefathers Zechariah God exile Repentence idolatry tablets Ishamael judgement Hashem Jewish holidays High Priest Beit Hamikdash Judaism redemption Heavenly Mercy lights flood Shavuos heavenly gates seder Mount Zion darkness miracle Rosh Hashanah gossip prayer chaos kinneret Holocaust evolution Master of the Universe Maimonides G-d Egypt holiday menorah Tu b'Av Magog ancestors Terror Attack in Jerusalem Isaac Chofetz Chaim yeshiva stones Matriarchs heavenly throne Solomon Raiders of the Lost Ark Esther Psalms shmittah locusts Edom Eglon biblical Purim Talmud Achashveirosh Ezekiel Lot Sukkos terrorist Hasmoneans Temple Babylonia Divine presence angel Genesis commandment death patriarchs'matriarchs mitzvos incense Amalek culture moon Passover mikveh, Sabbath Ammon Isaiah Elul Red Heifer mitzva Holy Temple eternal king danger alone Chanukkah angels Yom Kippur Jewish festival paradise enemies Eve Sabbath leprosy spies earthquake chessed Yerushalayim messiah automobiles Jeremiah brotherhood slaves Gog Bilaam war Rabbis

Archive