Numbers 19:1-22:1

Commentary on Parashat Chukat-Balak, Numbers 19:1 - 25:9

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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 parsha, Aaron dies.

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Moses hit a rock to obtain
water for the Israelites.

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
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Responding to Thirst
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Highest Standards
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Tools of Justice
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Two Strikes and They’re Out?
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Water Consciousness
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Tears & Tzedakah
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From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

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Remembering Miriam
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Facing Longstanding Foes
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Preparing for an Unknown Future
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A Flawed Hero
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When to Talk and When to Act
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Family and Fun


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Bullying and Name Calling
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Words Can Hurt
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Parashat Hukkat Challah
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