The famed red heifer is a key part of a biblical purification process. But why do we need laws to create a system of purity and impurity in the first place?
In his anger, Moses uses a destructive label for his people in public.
A closer look at Moses's sister.
Our actions and our words must be in line with one another.
How to send environmental problems down the drain.
Moses' frustration and fatigue were no excuse for his refusal to accept the people's cry for help.
The Torah law about the red heifer was given because it anticipated the temporal nature and limitation of what Miriam had to offer.
Jewish sources suggest tears and tzedakah [charity] as two modern replacements for the Red Heifer.
Moses' fatal flaw is his inability to wean his people from their dependence on him.
Because of his position of leadership, Moses is judged extremely harshly when he sins.