Posts Tagged ‘Chukat’

Parsha “Chukat”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a study of parsha “Chukat” (Bemidbar/Numbers chapters 19 through 21), certainly one of the more ‘enigmatic’ portions in the Torah, and, of couse, some parallels throughout both history and current events to show that the understanding is at least as important now as ever.

The Erev Shabbat review, begins with a look at the title, “chukat,” and just what a ‘chuk’ is in the first place. Perhaps it helps that the ‘red heiffer’ described in chapter 19 is the ‘quintessential example’ of the type.

But it’s the related story of why Moshe is not allowed to enter the Promised Land that he suggests underlines the Rest of the Story:

SSM “Chukat” 2019

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The Sabbath day message attempts to explore what the concept of a ‘chuk,’ which basically boils down to “because I said so,” from Yahuah, has to do with power, corruption, and a world which seems hell-bent on trying to prove that ‘the Law’ really HAS been “done away with.”

“Chukat: ‘Because I say so!’, and why we seem to want to learn that the hard way.”

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Parsha “Chukat”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

This week, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship  teaches parsha “Chukat,” (Numbers chapters 19 through 21) and THE element described as the very essence of what a “chuk” is — aka “statute”, but really, ‘just DO IT because your Creator said to.’ This one is particularly poignant, because not only are the lessons NOT “done away with”, or obsolete, but some understanding of death is central to loving life, and living it in spite of challenges and worse.

The Erev Shabbat overview begins with that most famous, and perplexing ‘chuk’ of the Red Heifer. But it turns out that the story is far more intricate, and interconnected, than we may have thought.

SSM Chukat 2018


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The Sabbath Day teaching this week comes with a warning up front, because not only is the primary subject of this parsha DEATH, but Mark more than suggests that “death” has become so ingrained in this culture and ‘the church’ that the warnings, the metaphor, the ‘picture’ that YHVH is painting here has not only been lost in twisting and idolatry, but turned on its head.

“Chukat: Death Forces – and cycles of cleansing by Blood – Water – Word “

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“Chukat”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes a two-part look at parsha “Chukat” (Numbers chapters 19 through 21). Among other things, the confusing “chuk” of the Red Heifer.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark reviews the “whole story,” including the dual themes that really DO form the whole backbone: Death, and why “Because I said so!” means exactly that.

SSM “Chukat” 2017

The Sabbath teaching centers on one of the most confusing, perplexing, and thus often just plain ignored, “chukat” or “statues” in the Book. Mark uses the occasion to “wax nerdy,” but perhaps that’s a good reason not to miss this one. And don’t let the title fool you, all the dots will connect!

“Super Symmetry, Convolution Integrals, the Red Heifer, and Other Stuff We Don’t Understand”

“Chukat” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Chukat” (Numbers chapter 19 through 21).

Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching describes what has been called THE most “enigmatic mystery” [‘chuq’ or “statute”] in Scripture:

Just what is that red heifer thing all about?

But it turns out that’s just the beginning of the story!

SSM Chukat 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching takes a look in detail into why “mysteries” — or statutes — that might seem confusing, or downright uncomfortable, have been claimed “done away with” instead!
“The Red Heifer — and Other Uncomfortable Mysteries Left Ignored”

Torah portion “Chukat” (Numbers 19-21)

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Chukat, from Numbers chapters 19 through 21.

The first recording is the regular Erev Shabbat teaching, from the Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship, and is again an overview of the entire parsha:

SSM Chukat 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on specifics from the parsha in more detail.  What could possibly the connection between the confusing story of the red heifer, and Moses not being allowed to enter the land?  And what does it say to us today?

TT CooH Chukat 2014 – Pictures, Metaphors:   Just do it, whether we understand or no