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      Judaism: The Temple Institute on the Parsha

      Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 7:13 AM
      Torah from the Old City of 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.