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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Monday, July 24, 2017

Parsha

In this week’s parsha, we encounter Balak, King of Moab, who was determined to wipe the Jewish people off the face of planet earth, joining forces with Bilaam, the infamous heathen prophet, who was equally obsessed with hatred of our people. Both Balak and Bilaam understood that the strength of the Jew is found in his speech, his words of prayer, his study of Torah. Therefore, they wanted to combat this power through speech - through cursing the Jewish people. Instead of curses however, G-d used Bilaam as a vehicle to praise and bless our people.

When Balak, King of Moab, spoke of the menace that the Jews represented to the world, he said “Behold, a nation has come out of Egypt and is covering the face of the earth” (Numbers 24:5), he was

This week we read the parsha of Chukas. “Zos chukas haTorah asher tzivah Hashem (this is the ‘chok’ of the Torah that Hashem has commanded) [19:2].” The Torah is filled with many different types of commandments. There are those that make sense to us and those which do not. The understanding of the ‘chukim’ is beyond us. Our parsha begins with the laws of the para adumah — the red heifer that purified those who had become ritually impure by coming in contact with a corpse.

Why didn’t the parsha

We all nod our heads in agreement when we hear the phrase, "Two Jews, three opinions." We similarly chuckle when we hear the anecdote about the Jew who was discovered after years of living alone on a desert island. His rescuers noticed that he had built two huts aside from the one he lived in. He told the puzzled people who saved him that they were shuls, or synagogues. When asked why he needed two shuls, he retorted, "One is the one in which I pray, and the other is the one into which I would

Parshas Chukas opens with the enigmatic words, “This is the decree of the Torah... and take unto you a Parah Adumah - a Red Heifer...” (Numbers 19:1) The obvious question is why does the text preface the commandment regarding the Red Heifer with those puzzling words - “This is the decree of the Torah...” It should have simply stated, “This is the decree of the Parah Adumah - the Red Heifer..”

But herein is a very profound teaching. Even as the laws of the Parah Adumah, which can simultaneously

The Midrash teaches that there were two wealthy people in the world — one, a Jew named Korach, the other, a gentile named Haman.

They both lost their wealth as well as their lives because they allowed jealousy to consume them. In addition to wealth, Korach had everything that a man could dream of. He was the descendent of a noble family, a cousin of Moses. He enjoyed respect and admiration and was also blessed with a beautiful family, and yet, he was discontented.

He couldn`t bear that Moses