Moses Striking Water from the Rock (painting circa 1633–1635 by Nicolas Poussin)

The Portion of Chukat

Author: Gidon Ariel

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| Published: June 07, 2021

Numbers 16:1-18:32

This portion deals primarily with the rebellion of the eponymous Korah and his followers against the authority of Moses and Aaron. A cousin to the leading brothers, Korah protests Moses’s concentration of power in the family, insisting the entire nation is holy. Only God’s intervention succeeds in putting down the insurrection and restoring unity to the camp. The portion ends with a reiteration of Aaron’s priestly duties in the service of God, as well as specific gifts to be apportioned to the priests and Levites.

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