“Let Us Pass Through Your Land” – Episode #2

Parshas Chukas #13

“Let Us Pass Through Your Land” – Episode #2

Bnei Yisrael traveled until they came to the Land of the Emori, at the border of Canaan, a.k.a. the Land of Israel. Remember Episode #1, when they tried to pass through Edom? History is about to repeat itself.

So here’s the story:

Bnei Yisrael wanted to pass through the land, and so they sent messengers to Sichon, the king of the Emori.

“Please, Your Royal Highness,” the messengers pleaded politely. “Grant us permission to travel through your land. We come in peace, and only wish to travel Derech HaMelech – straight through on your main road.”

“Your Majesty, we will not drink from our own water. Instead, we shall purchase water from you. Just name the price and we will pay it.”

“NO!!!” shouted Sichon.

Here’s where the story differs from Episode #1:

In contrast to the Land of Edom episode, when HaShem instructed them not to go to war, here in Episode #2, Bnei Yisrael decided to wage war. Indeed, with HaShem’s help, they fought the Emori army and won! Sichon was killed, and the Jewish Nation conquered the land. It was nothing less than a miracle!

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