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Parashat Shmini/Shabbat Parah: So you think you understand?

The deaths of Nadav and Avihu in Parashat Shmini coupled with reading about the Red Heifer - we can neither add to or fathom mitzvot..

Parashat Shmini/Shabbat Parah: So you think you understand?

Watch: Search for Biblical red heifer reaches Texas

Texas rabbi inspects newborn cows on behalf of Temple Institute to find the rare red heifer, which undoes the highest levels of impurity.

Watch: Search for Biblical red heifer reaches Texasplayer

The Parsha and Current Events: Para Aduma

Parashat Chukat (Para): Disunity brings death and tuma, but unity brings life and tahara (purity).

The Parsha and Current Events: Para Aduma

The mitzva the nations mocked

The Red Heifer's meaning is not known, ’It is a decree from Hashem, and we do not question it.’ So how does it atone for the golden calf?

The mitzva the nations mocked

The Red Heifer: An available tool

Jews were seldom obligated to purify. It was only for those who made pilgrimage and who had become impure since their last pilgrimage.

The Red Heifer:  An available tool

Shabbat Parah: While Purim is still echoing...

This Shabbat is the confluence of three components of our calendar: the aftermath of Purim, Parashat Ki Tissa, and Shabbat Parah.

Shabbat Parah and Ki Tissa: While Purim is still echoing...

Hashem - I don't understand, but let us make up

The Holocaust is inexplicable to man, as is the Red Heifer. The question mark is the essence of Jewish faith.

Hashem - I don't understand, but let us make up

Recipe for a perfect Red Heifer

This is not in our food section because the ingredients are currently unavailable, but how we wish we could achieve the purity it brings!

Recipe for a perfect Red Heifer

What is the rationale?

Harav Avraham Kook taught us how to think of Am Yisrael as comprising all who are born to a Jewish mother or underwent halakhic conversion.

What is the rationale?

Weekly Torah Study: Chukat

What makes the Red heifer so mysterious to us? Lecture from the Temple Institute.

Weekly Torah Study: Chukatplayer

Kohelet, Tolstoy and the Red Heifer

The person in modern times who most deeply experienced and expressed what Kohelet felt was Tolstoy.

Kohelet, Tolstoy and the Red Heifer

"Did you understand that?"

Intellectual commandments and auditory commandments - and the differences between them.

"Did you understand that?"

Temple Institute Raising a Genuine Red Heifer

Temple Institute partnering with expert Israeli rancher to raise herd of red heifers, for future use in Third Temple.

Temple Institute Raising a Genuine Red Heiferplayer