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Parshas Chukas English

Parshas Chukas English

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 D’ei Chochmah L’Nafshechah Parshas Chukas
 
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Shalosh Seudos
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of 
 Parshas Chukas
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 “And Hashem spoke to Moshe and to Aharon, saying: This is the Torah’sdecree as commanded by Hashem: Speak to the Jewish people and have thembring you a completely red heifer, which has no blemish, and which has never hada yoke upon it.”
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The
Pesiktah
asks why this sacrifice has to be brought from a heifer, afemale cow, unlike most others which are brought from the male of their species. Inanswer, it cites the opinion of Rav Eivoh: This could be compared to a serving woman’sson who soiled the king’s palace. When the king heard of this he said, “Let the servingwoman come and clean her offspring’s filth off the palace floor.”
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 It is well known that the first set of tablets that were shattered after the sin of thegolden calf were on a higher spiritual plane than the second pair that came to replacethem. The first set was rooted in the Tree of Life, an aspect of the hidden realm of Torah. The second set was rooted in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, an aspectof the revealed Oral Torah, or more specifically the Mishnah. The Mishnah is comparedto a maidservant, or
matrenusah
.
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Although we blemished the first
 
tablets and had to besatisfied with the second set, the first tablets were not completely nullified. On thecontrary, the holy
 Arizal
taught that even today the purpose and rectification of theworld is to return to serving Hashem in the spirit of the first set of tablets.
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This aspectcan be achieved through the
mitzvah
of 
Parah Adumah
, the red Heifer. [Note: At Sinai,
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The lesson was delivered at the third meal of Shabbos.
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 Bamidbar 
19:1-2
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Pesiktah D’ Rav Kahana
4:8
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See introduction of Rav Chaim Vital to
Sha’ar Hahakdamos
,
 Eitz Chaim
,
Sha’ar 
49:3 and
Sha’ar Hagilgulim
,
 Hakdamah
#36.
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From the commentary of the
 Arizal
on
Pirkei Avos
.

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