Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 14, 2010

Chukas – Makes No Sense

This week’s reading is the single Parsha (often Chukas is combined with the next Parsha, Balak), called Chukas -Statutes.  These are the types of commandments that make no sense.  In the Torah there are 3 types of commandments.  There are the Mishpateem, Jurisprudence, the commandments that make perfect sense without a commandment, such as Do Not Steal.  There are the Aidus, the Testimonies, commandments based on commemorating historical events, such as Shabbos, commemorating that the Al-mighty created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th.  Finally, there are the Chukeem, the Statutes, such as the commandment of the Parah Adumah, the Red Cow, where the one that sprinkles the ashes become impure and the one that receives the sprinkling becomes pure – clearly this makes no sense.  Part of our “menu” is to have commandments to fulfill that make no sense.

When we look around us we see things happening in life that often make no sense to us.  Modern day examples would be the great loss of life through hurricanes and earthquakes or the tragic death of just one young infant.  Torah teaches us that we have to have great Emunah, faith, in the Al-mighty.   This is one of our major cornerstones.  It takes great faith to go through life.  The commandments in the Torah help give us the strength to face an encounter in life that makes no sense.  Let us hope that the events in our lives will be ones filled with open and revealed blessings so that we do not have to draw on this strength that Torah has prepared us for.



  1. My life makes no sense. Any suggestions? 🙂

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