Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Chukat

imagesThis week in the diaspora we’re studying Chukat, which has to do with the ritual of the parah adumah or the red heifer, the waters of Meribah, and the story of the bronze serpent.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting, or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 19:1-17 (17 p’sukim)

2: 19:18-20:6 (11 p’sukim)

3: 20:7-13 (7 p’sukim)

4: 20:14-21 (8 p’sukim)

5: 20:22-21:9 (17 p’sukim)

6: 21:10-20 (11 p’sukim)

7: 21:21-22:1 (16 p’sukim)

In addition to the Torah portion, the haftarah portion is Judges 11:1 – 11:33.

The accompanying psalm to be read on Shabbat for this week’s portion is 95.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Bamidbar by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will continue to focus on the middot (character trait) savlanut and sovlanut which are translated as patience/longsuffering and tolerance.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Savlanut/Sovlanut (Patience/Tolerance). Under this attribute, write out the suggested practices from the previous week Vayetzei. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

You might also enjoy this video on the topic of patience and tolerance:

And this article: Savlanut
Blessings and Shalom for a good week,