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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Khukat 2016

Khukat: Even Rocks Deserve Compassion

This week’s reading (Khukat), includes an incident that has been the subject of seemingly unending speculation. YHVH spoke to Moses, saying: “Take the staff and assemble the community, you and your brother Aaron; speak to the rock so they can see you so that it gives forth its water. In this way, you will bring forth water for them from the […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Khukat

Khukat: Taking it Personally

This week’s reading includes several enigmatic elements that have drawn the attention of scholars and commentators for millennia, including the red heifer, the death of Moshe’s sister Miryam/Miriam and a song fragment that praises a well and never mentions God. It also includes the incident at the Waters of Merivah/Quarreling, in which the Israelites yet again challenge […]

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