5780 — Chukat: Action vs. Intent: Human Domain vs. The Godly Realm

Posted by Rahel Berkovits on June 21, 2020
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Bamidbar (Numbers), Chukat

There is no Talmud on Tractate Parah, the Mishnah tractate which deals with the red heifer ceremony. What did the Babylonian rabbis learn from this temple ritual in the course of other discussions? In this podcast, Rav Rahel Berkovits examines a sugya from Tractate Gittin discussing damages and tikkun olam in which the case of the red heifer is brought to elucidate and clarify the issue at stake.

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Rav Rahel Berkovits – Faculty Host for Pardes from Jerusalem
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About Rahel Berkovits

Rahel Berkovits is a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has been teaching Mishnah, Talmud and halakha for over twenty years. Rahel lectures widely in both Israel and abroad especially on topics concerning women and Jewish law and a Jewish sexual ethic. She is the Halakhic Editor and a writer for Hilkhot Nashim the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance’s Halakhic Source-guide Series, recently published by Koren Publishing. Rahel is a founding member of Congregation Shirah Hadasha, a halakhic partnership Synagogue, and serves on their halakha committee. In June 2015, Rahel received Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbis Herzl Hefter and Daniel Sperber. Click here to read more.

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