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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

That there was no Man

"That there was no Man....[shm. 2:12]"

Rashi:
There was not Man who would in the future emerge from him, that would convert.
So..... Moshe was a Prince of Egypt. Very few people are going to object to what the favorite son of an absolute ruler decides to do. Given that Pharoah did in fact object, why didn't Moshe simply send the Egyptian away. What need to kill him?

Since we don't go around summarily executing people, there are a few reasons why the Egyptain was due the death penalty. Firstly, adultery with Shlomit bat Diviri [Rashi] and secondly attempting to beat the husband to death. Both in violation of Noachide laws and punished by the death penalty.

But why does it matter that there was no Man, no descendent of this particulary contempible specimen who would convert in the future?
If there was, would Moshe have let the Egyptian live?

How is it that someone can be spared the punishment for their own sin on their descendents' behalf?

The angels would have condemned Yishamael for his descendents had not G-d chosen to judge him
Asher hu Sham....
As he is now [bre. 21:17].
On Yishamel's current sins and merits, despite his children's murderous tendancies.

Korach believed he had some measure of protection and motivation from his own future descendents, one of whom, Shumel, would be compared to Moshe[Rashi shm. 15:7]. However he is zapped and his sons hang one above the swollowing mouth of earth by virtue of their fingertips and teshuva.

So as it stands I do not understand was a possible righteous descendent should shunt aside a sin.
So for those who like answers to their questions.............

Man, the language Ish, refers to specifically a tzaddik, a righteous person. Moshe looked around at silence that surrounded this would be murder and decided....
In the place where there is no Man, try to be a Man. [Pirkei Avot]
and so Moshe was.

3 Comments:

  • That was an especially beautiful post.

    By Blogger araya(uh-ray-uh), at 4:31 PM, January 18, 2006  

  • That was just me being frustrated at not understanding how G-d runs the world or how we are judged.

    But I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    By Blogger Masmida, at 5:27 PM, January 18, 2006  

  • It says in Salms, Mishpitei Hashem Emes, Tzadku Yachdav. I heard this means that when Hashem makes a decision, all those who are affected by it are taken into consideration, and if they don't deserve it, it won't happen. That's why Aharon's sons died because of what they did, but there's also a reason given for why Aharon deserved to have two sons die.
    Only G-d knows how to do that.
    And, very nice thought.
    The Lubavitcher Rebbe said it when people asked why he gets invloved in issues that don't effect Chabad. He said Moses does when others stay silent. That's what made G-d choose him.
    (This was a very long post, thanks for indulging me.)

    By Blogger BennyZion, at 10:24 PM, January 24, 2006  

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