Daf Hashavua – A weekly digest of the Parashat Hashavua
- Stone Chumash, pg. 838
- 87 verses
- Haftorah: Judges XI, Stone Chumash pg.1187
Important Shabbat Times
- Candle lighting: 8:04pm
- Earliest Shma PM: 9:34pm
- Vasikin: 5:47:53am
- Latest Shma AM: 9:26am
- Earliest Mincha: 1:41pm
- Havdalah: 9:08pm
- Zoom Havdalah: 9:23pm
Parshat Chukas contains several themes:
- 1) The laws of the Red Heifer and the purification from the Tumah resulting from contact with the dead
- 2) The sin of the hitting of the stone.
- 3) several attempts to enter the Land of Israel through enemy territory.
- 4) The death of Aharon.
- 5) The copper snake.
- 6) The song of the spring.
- 7) Successful battles against Sichon and Og.
The Moral of the Story
Why was Moshe punished so severely for hitting the rock? The standard explanation is that Moses used a bad expression when assembling the people i.e. “Listen up, all you mutineers!” As a faithful shepherd of the people of Israel, he should never have used such language, no matter how frustrated he felt.
A good leader must never vent his frustrations over the heads of his charges. To rebuke them – yes, to guide them – yes, but never should he insult them or embarrass them. A good parent may discipline his child, but he must do so with a sober demeanor, never out of anger or abuse. Moshe’s claim to fame, as it were, was that usually, he carefully and accurately executed the will of G-d, never adding anything of his own devices, even when he could enhance the Will of G-d. When he let his own personal emotions get in the way of his mission, he let down his Creator, and had to face the music himself!