Shabbat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)

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RedBull, it gives you wings! Or in the case of the portion this week, the ability to enter The Temple after coming into contact with a corpse.

The Red Heiffer is just one of the items that is difficult (if not downright impossible) to get a hold of these days.

In the blink of an eye, 38 years pass in the Torah narrative – time that we can never get back or find out about. Miriam dies, and her mystical well dries up. Aaron and Moses forget to follow directions, and their punishment is that seeing the Promised Land is placed out of their reach. And last but not least, Aaron dies, and Moses finds himself the last of his family, let alone his generation, after the Israelite’s 40 year trek through the desert.

For these reasons (and any others you can find in the portion), and being limited only by your uniquely boundless creativity and the category of food which we will assign, please plan to bring a food which is rare, or even impossible, in some aspect.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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