My love and reverence for my father grew stronger, paradoxically, the more I departed from the details of his teachings. Why? Because it was my father, a learned Orthodox Jew, who set me out on the path of inquiry.
The Eternal One spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: "This is the ritual law that the Eternal has commanded: Instruct the Israelite people to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no yoke has been laid." - Numbers 19:1-2