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Parashat Chukat Balak – Sealed Lips

וְכֹל כְּלִי פָתוּחַ אֲשֶׁר אֵין צָמִיד פָּתִיל עָלָיו טָמֵא הוּא Any open vessel which has no seal secured on it is impure   The Torah discusses the laws of how tum’ah, impurity, can spread from a corpse. One of the ways it spreads is that when the corpse is indoors, anything in the same room...

Parashat Chukat – Building Blocks Of Emunah

זֹאת חֻקַּת הַתּוֹרָה This is the law of the Torah – In prefacing the un-understandable, seemingly contradictory laws of parah adumah, the Torah announces “This is the law of the Torah.” The Midrash tells us that Hashem revealed the explanation for these laws to Moshe Rabbenu, but kept them secret from everyone else. “To you [Moshe] I will...

Parashat Chukat – A Contradiction That Makes Sense

זֹאת חֻקַּת הַתּוֹרָה This is the law of the Torah – The Torah, in introducing the laws of parah adumah, describes it as “the law of the Torah”. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein writes that this, written in singular form (“the law”) as opposed to a more general form (“one of the laws of”), is showing that this...

Parashat Chukat – Sacrificing For The Torah

…זֹאת הַתּוֹרָה אָדָם כִּי יָמוּת בְּאֹהֶל This is the law (literally: Torah). If one dies in a tent… – The great Reish Lakish in Masechet Berachot learns from this passuk that Torah will attach itself to one who “kills himself for it.” He reads the passuk as saying “This is how you get Torah, if one is willing to die...

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