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From Korach to Chukas

The juxtaposition of the two parshiyos illuminates exactly where Korach erred.  Parshas Chukas (19:1)opens with a description of the ultimate chok -- parah aduma. But the Torah doesn't introduce it as zos chukath hatuma vetahaar- this is the law of impurity and purity. The text introduces it in the most general terms possible: זֹ֚את חֻקַּ֣ת הַתּוֹרָ֔ה: this is the law of the Torah.

Even though only a select few mitzvos like para aduma  and kilayim  are classified as chukim and other mitzvos are classified as mishpatim, really, ultimately, they all stem from the decree that is not subject to logical reasoning, no matter how reasonable they may appear.

When Korach attempted to usurp the authority of Moshe Rabbeiu, he did so by using logical arguments. He declared that it doesn't make sense to require a mezuzah on the doorpost of a room that is filled with holy books or to require that single threat of techeleth for tzitzis on a garment that is completely techeleth-dyed He deni…

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