Judaism: The Temple Institute on the Parsha
Rabbi Chaim RichmanRabbi Chaim Richman is the Director of the International Department of The Temple Institute in Jerusalem.
The Thin Red Line
We do not know the reason for the commandment of the Red Heifer.:
It is used as an example of how the Jewish People obey G-d's Will without question. We have been speaking of this incorrigible generation for six weeks in the Book of Numbers, but we must remember that they were spiritually very close to G-d.
Parashat Hukkat describes so many seemingly unrelated events, yet it is the profound fundamental truth contained in the commandment of the red heifer - para aduma - that ties all these events so tightly together.