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The Ultimate Enigma

Parshat Chukat-Balak (Numbers 19:1-25:9)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/the_ultimate_enigma_20060707

There is logic to honoring one's parents. There is a rationale for not stealing or murdering. But for purification in a ruddy, bovine shower, why would God ask such a thing of us? I'll be honest with you. I don't know. But neither did King Solomon, the wisest of men. It seems that this is part of the definition of a chok, that its raison d'etre remains a mystery.

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