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  • It’s Never a Good Idea to Hit a Rock - a Love Poem for Water for Torah Portion Chukat

    By Rick Lupert

    July 15, 2016 | 10:00 am

    Oh water, source of life,
    when I need you, I need you
    which is all the time.

    Oh water, you can’t blame
    Moses for striking the rock
    instead of talking to it.

    These days, and those days
    if you talk to a rock, no one
    will listen. Not even the rock.

    Oh water, if you can get...

  • Rhyme and Reason

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    June 27, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    This week’s portion bears one of the Torah’s great enigmas. What exactly did Moshe Rabbeinu do that prompted God to bar him from crossing the Jordan into Israel?

    What was the infraction?

    Most students are taught that Moshe’s misfeasance was that he hit the boulder even though...

  • Real Spirituality: Parashat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    June 28, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    Spirituality, kabbalah and meditation are buzzwords in today’s religious lexicon. But do they really describe religion?

    A number of years ago, my mother, who lives in Cleveland, received a call from the major local paper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The paper was doing a feature...

  • Ritual’s Mysteries

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion begins with, and is named after, the key word chukat. Chukat means "the law of" and specifically refers to the ritual law of the red heifer. What distinguishes a chok from other kinds of laws is its mystery.

    Most Torah commandments have a basis in reason...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Somewhere New

    Are you traveling to new places this summer? Maybe you're exploring the desert like the Israelites are in this week's Torah portion -- Chukat. They're getting closer and closer to Israel, but they have to pass through the lands of many different tribes. Maybe you will be visiting Israel, too. If you do, please write to us about your experiences there.