In the portion Chukat (Decree), we discuss some of the strange, and at times paradoxical laws of the red hefer. We also take a moment to discuss John 3:16. Although this is arguably the most well known verse in all of the Bible, most have never realized that this famous is in the context of the serpent on the pole in the wilderness.
In this portion, we discuss the rebellion by Korah, Dathan, Avaram and On. In this passage these men and an elite company challenge the authority of Moses and Aaron and so doing are blindly in opposition to The Almighty. As we look at the punishment of some of the rebels, we examine and challenge common ideas held by many concerning the subjects of heaven, hell and concepts of the afterlife.
In Shelach L'cha (Send for yourselves) we read about the mission of the twelve spies and their observations and assessments of the land and its people. We will see how the way that they viewed the land for those forty days affected a generation for forty years. We also take a fresh look at the concept of the "gospel" and find that there is much more to it than is typically discussed.