Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 27, 2011

Chukas – Statutes

This week’s Torah reading is complex.  It contains the Mitzvah of Parah Adumah, The Red Cow.  This is the symbolic commandment that defies logic.  It represents those commandments called Chukeem, Statutes.  These are commandments that express our faith in the Creator of the World, the Giver of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.  We obey even when we do not understand why we are performing this command.  In simple terms, the Red Cow was used in a process required to purify those that became impure.  The strange aspect of the command was that everyone involved in the preparation and usage became impure in the process.  The Red Cow thus accomplished two opposites, it made the impure – pure, and the pure – impure.  To accept this contradiction, you really need faith.

The Parsha of Chukas is read this year on the Shabbos which is also Rosh Chodesh Tamuz, the new month of Tamuz.

We find that on the 3rd Day of Creation, the Al-mighty said “It was good” twice.  Our Rabbis say that this meant it was good for Heaven and good for the Creation.

This year we find that the 3rd day of the Hebrew month of Tamuz falls out on Tuesday, the 3rd Day of Creation, good for Heaven and good for Creation.  Yet, once again World Jewry experiences the physical absence of a unique, Jewish leader, the Lubavitcher Rebbe.  How can this be good for Heaven and good for Creation?

Comes, this week’s Parsha, Chukas read on Rosh Chodesh Tamuz, to let us know that not all aspects in Judaism can be understood on a logical basis.  We are required to have faith.  Indeed, this is not easy.  How do you explain, to a parent a tragedy that happened to their child, or, to a child that has lost their parent?  It requires the strength of faith to continue to develop and grow in a positive way.

All that happens is for the best, is something that we are required to have faith in, even though we do not see or understand why.  It is symbolized by the Red Cow.  Not to have proper faith may reflect the Golden Calf.


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