Headlines »

June 23, 2024 – 12:05 am | Comments Off on G-d Is Knocking, Answer the Call14 views

Moses appointed twelve emissaries to scout out the Holy Land and return with a report. The representative for the tribe of Ephraim was Moses’ primary disciple, Joshua. Until this time, the lad’s name was Oshua. But Moses added a letter to his name and called him Joshua.
Rashi, the famed eleventh …

Read the full story »
Parsha Insights

Where Biblical law and Torah tale is brought vividly to life

Concepts

The Jewish perspective on topical and controversial subjects

Life Cycle

Probing for meaning in our journey and its milestones.

Yearly Cycle

Discover depth and mystique in the annual Jewish festivals

Rabbi’s Desk

Seeking life’s lessons in news items and current events

Home » Bullying, Chukat, Education, Life Is Beautiful

Chukat: He Didn’t Hit it

Submitted by on June 23, 2006 – 5:26 amNo Comment | 3,030 views

Eschew Violence

In this week’s Parsha we read the astounding story of Moses and the rock. We all know the story; G-d instructed Moses to speak to the rock, but instead of speaking to the rock he hit it.

Why didn’t Moses hit the rock?

I would like to offer a possible perspective on this issue. Moshe did not have it in his nature to hit the rock. It was Moshe’s nature to lead by words, to entice, to cajole, to encourage and even to rebuke but never to hit.

To hit is to resort to violence out of sheer desperation. To hit is to allow your anger to get the better of you. To hit is to be destructive instead of constructive. To hit is to submit to the animal within and allow it to dominate. As humans and as Jews we are capable of more.

Remember: one destructive deed can destroy a hundred constructive words but one carrot accomplishes more than ten sticks.

Tags: , ,