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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About Meir Schweiger
Meir teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir came on aliya in 1972 from “the Bronx”, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion.Click here to read more.