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Parenting from the Parsha- Parshat Chukas- Because He Said So

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Jul 3, 2022
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Chukat 

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“Because I said so” …the words that each of us hated hearing from our parents growing up, and we swore we would never say them to our kids… and yet, somehow, we end up doing so anyway, during moments of weakness. Fundamentally, we realize that being told to do something, or act in a certain way, without being given an explanation or reason for doing so, is extremely challenging. Our natural instinct is to refuse, or at least argue, with such a request. That is why we hated hearing that phrase as kids, and resolved never use it as parents. And yet- in this week’s parsha, we encounter what seems to be a classic example of G-d telling us to a mitzvah “because He said so.” Why would Hashem command us to do mitzvot in this fashion, given the challenges we have with listening to such commands?

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Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by Dr. Joseph Shainbaum l'ilui nishmas his parents ר' בנימין בן ר' יוסף ז"ל ושבע בת ר' בנימין ע"ה