In this week’s parsha, we get the seemingly random rules about how to use the ashes of a red heifer to purify someone who had been around a body. After 40 years of wandering, Miriam dies, and the Israelites complain they have no water. Moshe is told to speak to a rock, but instead becomes frustrated and strikes it to get the water, and Hashem tells him that both he and Aharon will die before getting to the promised land.
Aharon dies on Hor Hahar, and his son Elazar takes over. The people complain (getting to be a real theme in Bamidbar) and Hashem sends venomous snakes (punishment – another theme!). When Moshe makes a brass serpent and raises it up, all who look up at it are cured. And the people sing! Last, Moshe leads the people into battle against Sichon and Og, and they win, conquering the land east of the Jordan river.
Here’s a parsha cake of the red heifer (Aduma)
Do some science with water
Make a snake craft like this, made with a paper plate.
Or a challah with well water coming out of it?
How about a red heifer challah?
What are you doing this week?