Parashat Chukat (The laws of the red heifer)
Time flies. You close your eyes, you open them again and many things happened.
This week's section includes several topics, the red heifer, Moses and Aaron hitting the rock instead of talking to it, messengers are sent to Edom to make peace, Miriam and Aaron's death, and more.
There is something that, if we read the text as it is, we will not be able to discover.
Between the end of chapter 19 and the beginning of chapter 20, there is a gap of 38 years.
Apparently nothing happened in those years. The Israelites were quiet in the desert.
A small gap in the text may mean many years with no news, a small blink of the eyes and the whole world changes.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L