Weekly Inspiration 2021 | Portion of Chukat | Hitting The Rock vs Speaking to the Rock - Vital Transformation

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Weekly Inspiration 2021 | Portion of Chukat | Hitting The Rock vs Speaking to the Rock

June 17, 2021

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The Parsha of Chukat contains the mysterious ritual of the red heifer, whose ashes are used for purification, as well as the death of Miriam and Aaron. Amidst these weighty events, a puzzling incident occurs – Moshe hits a rock to bring forth water rather than speaking to it as God commanded.

What is the deeper meaning behind hitting vs speaking to the rock? The rock represents our consciousness, while water symbolizes Torah and spirituality flowing freely from a place of faith and connection. By speaking words of truth and inspiration, we elicit the waters naturally without force.

However, Moshe grew frustrated by the complaints of the Israelites and struck externally instead of speaking inwardly. Sometimes we too thump away aggressively to achieve results instead of gently eliciting through patience and understanding. We may judge others harshly with an arrogant perspective rather than lead with quiet humility.

The consequence for inflicting aggression externally is that the flow now becomes finite – “because you did not have faith in Me to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation to the Land.” The realm of infinite possibilities closes when we relate without compassion.

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