40 Chukat

         זֹאת חֻקַּ֣ת הַתּוֹרָה אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהוה לֵאמֹ֑ר דַּבֵּ֣ר׀ אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ אֵלֶיךָ פָרָה אֲדֻמָּה תְּמִימָ֗ה אֲשֶׁ֤ר אֵֽין־בָּהּ מוּם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־עָלָה עָלֶיהָ עֹֽל׃

This is the law of the Torah which the Lord has commanded, saying: Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without blemish

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

July 19th, 2021

Chukat
“Law"

Numbers 19:1-25:9

Micah 5:6-6:8

Heb. 9:11-28
John 3:10-21

 

This Parasha talks about a purification process involving water for people and their possessions. If one does not purify oneself after a state of uncleanliness, that soul shall be uprooted from Israel. Anything unclean must be made clean and pure before coming in contact with the holy Sanctuary.

At the beginning we find the mysterious laws of the Red Heifer, a very rare animal that is burnt in a special fire outside the camp. Its ashes are then used to ritually purify those who have become impure due to contact with a dead body.
The portion then jumps ahead 38 years to the end of the Israelites’ wandering in the desert.

The entire community of Israel came into the wilderness of Tzin and settled down in Kadesh. Miriam the prophetess who was the older sister of Moses and Aaron, died in Kadesh and was buried there.