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This week we read a special maftir, which discusses the laws of the red heifer. The Rabbis see the red heifer as the quintessential chok–a law which is irrational and that defies our understanding. In this podcast, Rabbi Meir Schweiger examines why the red heifer is seen as such a law, and through an analysis of the laws of ritual impurity associated with a corpse, attempts to understand how the red heifer may be conveying a core message of what it means to be Jewish.
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