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  • 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...

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