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The secret to happy Judaism - Chukat

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Why do some people find fulfillment and joy in Judaism, while others only get bored?

Why is Judaism interesting and attractive to some, while for others not at all?

Why can one man not imagine his day without putting on Tefilin, whereas another has not touched his since his Bar-Mitsva, 30 years ago?

Why does one woman anticipate during the whole week the Shabbat prayer at the synagogue, whereas another cannot wait for the service to end so that she can leave?

In this week’s Parasha, we learn about the Mitsvah of the Red Heifer. This is an unexplained Mitsvah which we need to keep, just because G-d has told us so. No one understands its logic, expect for Moses.

According to the Midrash, G-d told Moses that he first needed to accept this Mitsvah as is, as an unexplained G-dly law, and only then would G-d reveal to him the reason behind it.

Almost of the questions regarding Judaism have answers. But in order to understand them, we need to be ready to listen. Someone can hear a very nice explanation, but if he or she is not mentally ready to accept that something new may be true, he or she will never get convinced. Yet if we have an open mind and the will to listen, then Judaism will turn out to be the most logical thing in the world.

This is the answer to the questions we asked in the beginning. In order to relate to Judaism, we need to truly want to understand it. To believe that it is something good and positive. If we do not want to be convinced, nothing will manage to touch us.

Let’s be like Moses. Moses accepted the Mitsvah with faith, and then comprehended it. We need to believe that Judaism has a lot to offer to us, that we will discover it, understand it and enjoy it.

Thus, we will certainly bring Mashiach closer, even today!

Shabbat Shalom,


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