Chukat is one of the most important parshiot in the chumash. We receive the decree of the Red Heifer, lose important figureheads and their protections, we face rejection of safe passage and an attack from behind. However, it's deeply moving in the context of the journeys of Moses, Miriam and Aaron. Chukat's message is ultimately one of surrender, and seeks to answer the following question: how do we gain from loss
This week’s Parasha, Shelach, tells the story of the 12 spies being sent out to Israel to report to Moshe what kind of land there is. As you might know 10 of the spies come back with the update that there are inhabitants that will be dangerous for the Jews. However, two of the spies confirm this but say that with G-ds help they would be able to defeat the enemies if needed. The punishment for the people that believed the 10 spies was to wander in the desert for 40 years.
The Torah doesn’t tell us much about Tzipora, Moshe’s wife and even less about her relationship to her in-laws and the greater family. In this week’s parasha though, we hear Moshe’s siblings, Miriam and Aharon referred to Tzipora in the following manner:
“על אודות האישה הכושית אשר לקח”
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