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Parashat Chukat

Parashat Chukat

By Rabbi Yosef Shemtov: At the end of this week’s Torah portion, Benei Israel are at the end of their 40-year journey towards Eretz Israel. Moshe Rabeinu sends messengers to neighboring cities asking them to let Benei Israel pass through their land in order to enter the Land of Israel. They all refused even though they were promised compensation in return for this act of kindness. There were two very strong kings named Sichon and Ohg who sent troops to fight Benei Israel. Moshe Rabeinu never intended to fight those kings. The pasuk says that Moshe Rabeinu was very afraid and Hashem promised him that Benei Israel would win the battle and the Transjordan would be annexed to Israel. The…

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