The parsha this week may be one of the most ‘appropriately named’ in the Torah, because ‘chukat’ may be translated as “statute,” but it REALLY means, “do this because I say so!”
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at parsha ‘Chukat’ (Numbers chapters 19 through 22:1).
The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha includes some of the most significant “life and death” issues in the Torah. Which is more than ironic.
Nor only ia best way to understand the concept of a ‘chuq’ to “do this because I say so,” but as Mark outlines in the Sabbath Day teaching, that is precisely the underlying theme to the entire parsha. And that is precisely why life and death are, too.
“Chukat: the Real? or the Snake-on-a-Stick?”
The combined two-part podcast is here: