Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 10, 2016

Chukas – Statutes

This week’s Torah Reading is called Chukas – Statutes. They refer to laws, commandments, that are not based on any logic. Thus these commandments represent performing actions that our own intellect would not suggest doing. This represents the acceptance of a Higher Authority by doing what He commands even though we see no positive reason to do so.

Perhaps there is a positive thought we could gain from the Mitzvah of the Parah Adumah, Red Heifer, that the Torah Reading begins with. This Mitzvah is the ultimate example of a Statute. Part of the process is to take an animal that is pure with no markings/blemishes, has never worked and offer the animal as a sacrifice to provide purification.

There are times in our life that we feel and believe we have no connection to this negative item and thus need not be involved. Perhaps the Torah is telling us that if it has come to our doorstep so to speak, it is our challenge to purify this negative entity. Every item or event that we are exposed to needs to be utilized for a positive Torah way. Indeed, at times it is to see but not to touch and at times it is to sacrifice some of our valuable time to impact on this negative situation. When in doubt check with a Rabbi. We are to live a life that brings light into this world and to show a bound with the Creator of this world. Part of this approach is based on the laws that are classified as Chukeem – Statutes. Thus there are times when our actions are required in an unusual situation to help bring about purification.


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