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December 2, 2015 / 20 Kislev, 5776
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Chukat: Was Hitting the Rock So Horrible?

Parsha Chukat

Parsha Chukat
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In this week’s parsha, we are introduced to the strange episode of Moshe hitting the rock. Because of this small infraction, we are told, Moshe will not be entering the land with the people of Israel. Why? What was the small act of Moshe talking to the rock meant to teach the people of Israel?

About the Author: Rabbi David Fohrman is the dean of Aleph Beta Academy. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll's Talmud translation project. Aleph Beta creates videos to help people experience Torah in way that is relevant and meaningful to them. for more videos, visit: alephbeta.org.

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One Response to “Chukat: Was Hitting the Rock So Horrible?”

  1. Karen Bryant says:

    Yes. It’s not what God told him to do.

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