Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 25, 2017

Chukas – Statutes

This week’s Torah Reading is called Chukas – Statutes. They refer to laws that on their own make no sense.

In the Torah Reading we find an unusual event. The Jewish Nation complains to Moshe (that was not unusual – Moshe got that a great deal, nebech).
The Al-mighty, however so to speak, had enough. He sent snakes to bite the people and many died. The people realized their error and asked for forgiveness and that Moshe should pray for them to remove the snakes.

The Al-mighty instructs Moshe to make a snake and put it on a pole. All those that will look up at the snake and see it will live. Moshe makes a copper snake and puts it on a pole. It indeed happened that those that were bitten came and looked up at the snake and lived.

This sounds sort of strange. We are informed that it was not the copper snake on the pole but the Al-mighty that cured the individual bitten by a snake. The person looking up was reminded and felt the wrong committed and was asking forgiveness by looking up.

This is a powerful message. Even though the poison was in their system, due to the snake’s bite, they were not affected by it after looking up and repenting and renewing their faith in the Al-mighty.

We too need to learn that even though we may have encountered negative things in our lives, we can over ride them and continue to live fulfilling the will of our Al-mighty. May we indeed look up, so to speak, overcome the poisons we may have absorbed and ultimately experience redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple


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