Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 28, 2014

Emor – Say

This week’s Torah Reading is Emor – Say. Toward the very end of the Torah Reading we read that one Jew, the son of an Israelite woman and the another Jew, the son of an Israelite man got into a physical fight. Then the son of the Israelite woman cursed/blasphemed the Name of the Al-mighty. He was brought to Moshe and the Al-mighty instructed Moshe that one who blasphemes the Name of the Al-mighty is punishable by death.

What happened here was the son of Shelomis the daughter from the tribe of Dan wanted a portion with the tribe of Dan. His father was an Egyptian. Shelomis was the only woman that was used by an Egyptian. This was the Egyptian that Moshe killed in Egypt and had to flee for his life. Because his father was an Egyptian he did not receive a portion from the tribe of Dan. Thus he got into a physical argument and cursed/blasphemed the Name of the Al-mighty for his not receiving a portion.

This physical conflict and then the oral blaspheming is something that is totally inappropriate for a Jew. The previous portion was called Kedosheem – Holy. For a Holy Nation our behavior has to reflect a proper holy way of dealing with life.

It was the physical fight that Moshe saw in Egypt between two Jews that answered why the Jews were still in Exile in Egypt. This behavior, expressed by the son of Shelomis, is totally improper and punishable by death through stoning. It serves as a reminder how one is to properly act and thus merit redemption.

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