This Week's Portion
Chukat | חוקת | "Statute "
- Numbers 19:1 | Ceremony of the Red Heifer
- Numbers 20:1 | The Waters of Meribah
- Numbers 20:14 | Passage through Edom Refused
- Numbers 20:22 | The Death of Aaron
- Numbers 21:1 | The Bronze Serpent
- Numbers 21:10 | The Journey to Moab
- Numbers 21:21 | King Sihon Defeated
- Numbers 21:33 | King Og Defeated
- Jdg 11:1 | Jephthah
- Jdg 11:29 | Jephthah's Vow
Chukat is the thirty-ninth reading from the Torah. The word chukat (חוקת) means “statute.” The name is derived from the second verse of the reading: “This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded” (Numbers 19:2). Chukat presents the mysterious laws of the red-heifer ceremony for purification after contact with human death. This reading also contains the story of Moses striking the rock, the stories of the deaths of Aaron and Miriam and the wars with the Amorites. The portion concludes with the host of Israel encamping on the edge of the Promised Land.
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