Shalom and welcome to the Parsha in 60 seconds
Today’s portion is from Numbers 19:1-22:1 it is called Hukat which means “decree”
God instructs the ritual law and sacrifice of the red heifer to create water of lustration. The cow was to be burned in its entirety and ashes were to be used to create the water of lustration.
Touching a corpse of any human being was unclean. This includes entering the tent while occupied by a dead body. After 7 days a person could become clean again. The cow water was then used for cleansing.
Failing to cleanse resulted in being kicked out.
Miriam kicked the bucket and was buried.
The people were thirsty and complained. Moses and Aaron fall on their faces. God shows up and tells Moses speak to the rock for water. Moses in anger yells “Listen, you rebels, shall we get water for you out of this rock?” Moses nun chucks the rock twice and water comes out. Because he failed to obey God’s instruction Moses and Aaron cannot enter the promise land. Doh!
Aaron goes up on a mountain and dies and everyone cries for 30 days.
The king of Arad picks a fight and loses.
The people complain, God let loose serpents that kill many of the Israelites. The People repent and Moses sets up a serpent on a stick that heals the people when they look at it.
The Amorites won’t let Israel pass, pick a fight and get destroyed. King Og fights and loses as well.
Israelites cross the Jordan from Jericho
And that is Hukat in 60 seconds.
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