A Rock-Solid Victory!

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Parshas Chukas #14

A Rock-Solid Victory!

After this victory, Bnei Yisrael headed north toward a place called Bashan and were met by a frightening giant named Og, King of Bashan. He came with an entire army, ready to fight and demolish Bnei Yisrael.

HaShem said to Moshe, “Fear not, for I am with you. I will deliver Og, his people, and his land into your hands.”

Suddenly, Og picked up an enormous rock – more like a small mountain – and lifted it high up in the air. He was about to drop the rock on top of the entire Jewish people!

But once again, HaShem came to the rescue! Gazillions of ants ate through the rock. The inside crumbled, leaving only a ring of stone… which fell onto Og and got stuck around his neck! Og tried to get it off, but his teeth got stuck in the rock.

While Og had his head in the rock, Moshe quickly picked up an axe, jumped up, and swung it as high and as hard as he could. He hit Og’s foot… and the giant toppled over and died. That was the end of Og!

After conquering the land of Og, Bnei Yisrael were even closer to their destination – the Holy Land!

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Oh Boy, Big Baby!

How big was Og the giant? Nobody knows for sure, yet if we fast forward to Parshas Va’Eschanan (in Sefer Devarim, Chapter 3, Pasuk 11), the Torah describes the enormous size of Og when he was a baby. And of course, the older he got the bigger he got!

Believe it or not, the Torah tells us there that the size of his crib was 9 Amos long and 4 Amos wide. A regular Amah is around 2 feet, so his bed was 18 feet long and 8 feet wide. That’s some big crib! So according to this measurement, baby Og was taller than two of the tallest basketball players! (Can you imagine how much food “baby Og” would eat for breakfast?)

(BTW, Rashi tells us that the Amos were not regular Amos, but Og-sized Amos, which would mean that his bed was even bigger than 18 feet long! So according to this measurement, baby Og was taller than more than two of the tallest basketball players!)

And there’s more! The Pasuk makes it a point to let us know that Og’s crib was made out of strong metal, and that’s for one good reason – due to his size and weight he would break any normal wooden cradle.

In fact, even when “baby” Og grew up, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai tells us that for the same reason, Og’s tables, chairs and other furniture were all made of sturdy metal! So… no wood for Og! “Wood” you believe?!

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