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Summary

In this Torah portion, God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the red heifer. Miriam, who is the sister of Moses and Aaron, dies. Moses hits a rock to bring forth water rather than speaking to it. At the end of the portion, Aaron dies.

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HAFTARAH FOR CHUKAT

Parashat Chukat

Numbers 19:1 - 22:1

Judges 11:1 - 11:33

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