Torah E-Thought: the Oldest Hatred
 
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Torah Portion: Chukat
 
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Dear Friend,

This Sunday there is an I Love Kosher Torah Tots and pizza party. Details here.

As we move into the summer months, with hopefully more time on our hands, it is an opportunity for more Torah learning. Two great websites are www.TorahCafe.com and www.Jewish.Tv.

Wishing you a Good Shabbos


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


As I was walking through the train station in Leeds recently, I was stopped by an army veteran. He asked me why people hate the Jews so much. “It is the oldest hatred in the world,” I told him, “and hatred is rarely rational.”

In this week’s parshah, the Torah commands us to use the ashes of a parah adumah, a red heifer, to ritually purify people or articles that have contracted impurity from a human corpse. The mitzvah of parah adumah is classified by the Torah as a chok - a decree that transcends reason. Indeed, King Solomon, wisest of men, said, “All of the Torah’s commandments I have comprehended. But the chapter of the red heifer, though I have examined, questioned and searched, ‘I thought to be wise [in it], but it is distant from me.’”

This mitzvah is characterised by its uniqueness as the ultimate chok, yet the Torah introduces its laws with the words, “This is the decree of Torah,” - thereby associating the entire Torah with this single inexplicable commandment. In doing so, the Torah teaches us that the inexplicableness that characterises the mitzvah of parah adumah is actually common to all the mitzvot, which are, in essence, expressions of G-d’s will; i.e., what G-d wills simply because He so wills. Their relevance is therefore not defined by logic and reason - even divine reason. Granted, G-d desired that some of the mitzvot should also “descend” to the realm of reason, and He therefore gave them rational significance as well. At their core, however, even the rational mitzvot are chukim, decreed by G-d’s will; their ultimate purpose transcends all reason.

This explains why G-d did not reveal the reason for the parah adumah even to the wisest of men. If every aspect of the Torah were logically explicable, then the always-rational Jew would be at a loss when the fulfilment of a mitzvah would require self-sacrifice - a demand that is inherently irrational. The mitzvah of parah adumah is deliberately inexplicable, and at the same time implicates the entire Torah with its mysteriousness, because the chok element of parah adumah serves as the basis for our uncalculated devotion to all the Torah’s commands.

It also, perhaps, give a reason for the inexplicable rise of anti-Semitism. It is not something that we can explain and certainly never justify. As one commentator said, “they used to say, ‘Jews get out of Europe – go to Israel.’ Now they say, ‘Jews get out of Israel – go back to Europe.’” When darkness looms, the best way to deal with it is not to fight the darkness, but to shine a light. And the best light is the light of Torah and Mitzvot. To show anti-Semites that we are proud Jews, active Jews, and we’re here to stay.

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Chukat

Moses is taught the laws of the  red heifer, whose ashes purify a person who has been contaminated by contact with a dead body.

After  forty years of journeying through the desert, the people of Israel arrive in the wilderness of Zin.  Miriamdies, and the people thirst for  water. G‑d tells Moses to speak to a  rock and command it to give water. Moses gets angry at the rebellious Israelites and  strikes the stone. Water issues forth, but Moses is told by G‑d that neither he nor Aaron will enter the Promised Land.

Aaron dies at Hor Hahar and is succeeded in the high priesthood by his son  Elazar. Venomous snakes attack the Israelite camp after yet another eruption of discontent in which the people “speak against G‑d and Moses”; G‑d tells Moses to place a  brass serpent upon a high pole, and all who will gaze heavenward will be healed. The people sing a  song in honor of the miraculous well that provided them water in the desert.

Moses leads the people in battles against the Emorite kings  Sichon and Og (who seek to prevent Israel’s passage through their territory) and conquers their lands, which lie  east of the Jordan.

 
 
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