Primary reading - Emor: Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23
Supplemental reading - Ezekiel 44:15-31
(Source: Maamar Bila Hamavet - I don't have a link)
The good the soul has collected is eternal. It can never be uprooted, it can never fade away, for it is G‑dly, & G‑d does not change."
On the surface you wouldn't think so - it's mostly about themes out of reach of most people, like laws relating to the High Priest.
All of life is soul-life, and soul-life is all about getting to reality and permanence (good) through shedding untruth (unholiness-->evil).
more soon, please God.
"Not only are they forbidden to enter cemeteries, but they may not even be in the same room or under the same roof as a corpse."
-->This article has more on Egyptian practices.
Excellent article on this here, let's quote a bit.
so on and so forth. Here the author is citing from Deut. 18:10–14.
At the time, it was well-known that the surrounding nations were mired in occult practices.
And I'm like
and I'm trying to just. stay. calm
And that was when
I could have.
And we're all like, yeah...ok, she's never gonna sit with us again 😬
But she actually walked us out. She was pretty cool.
This is one of those verses that can get you upset.
Why punish her?
"Any man among Aaron the kohen's offspring who has a defect shall not draw near to offer up the Lord's fire offerings."
Can you imagine the lawsuits if we tried to keep people out of synagogue for this stuff?
That's just the fact.
You can't "make" God see things YOUR limited way.
That would be like saying "no halacha" (Jewish law).
And I don't want to get into all the examples now; time consuming and distracting.
שֶׁ֚בֶר תַּ֣חַת שֶׁ֔בֶר עַ֚יִן תַּ֣חַת עַ֔יִן שֵׁ֖ן תַּ֣חַת שֵׁ֑ן כַּֽאֲשֶׁ֨ר יִתֵּ֥ן מוּם֙ בָּֽאָדָ֔ם כֵּ֖ן יִנָּ֥תֶן בּֽוֹ (actually this is Lev. 24:19-20)
-- this is the source for capital punishment, physical punishment as retribution for murder.
18 - "And one who slays an animal shall pay for it [the value of] a life for the life [he took]."
19 - "AND a man who inflicts an injury upon his fellow man just as he did, so shall be done to him."
and then we get "eye for an eye"
(I am not sure exactly how he blasphemed and think it will take too long to research this right now. The simple meaning is that he cursed God.)
(Yes, this is victim-blaming; I'm just telling you what it says.)
What happened was that the Egyptian impersonated his victim's husband in order to rape her.
The Egyptian was beating her actual husband.
After the incident, Moses of course fled.
So as we discussed, he had a "blemish" not his fault, and he got mad and lost it, cursing God.
"Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and all who heard [his blasphemy] shall lean their hands on his head. And the entire community shall stone him."
And they did.
There is no financial restitution possible.
Why? Is God so insecure, so jealous that He needs the kovod? (honor)
Blaspheming God is the beginning of all the other sins.
"Lord Rothschild: My Family Created Israel"
"said in a recent interview that his ancestors 'helped pave the way for the creation of Israel,' forcing the British government to sign the Balfour Declaration in 1917"
They will say: If you claim that Israel is the Jewish birthright, how can you also say in the same sentence that Israel is not governed by Jewish law?
(But still, not without conflict, struggle, name-calling, hatred....)
Lev. 22:32, the Jewish people are told not to "desecrate" God's name.
Hebrew word: תְחַלְּלוּ֙
Lev. 24:15, the prohibition against "blaspheming" - but a diff. word.
Hebrew word: יְקַלֵּ֥ל
"The Hebrew root of “blaspheme” is קלל. (blaspheme - curse)
The Hebrew root of “desecrate” is חלל." (also means vaccuum, or void)
Lit. - cursing leads to your soul being vaccuumed from your body.
Both words have the double-lamed - looks like this
Curse + desecrate/void = heart
Heart = curse + desecrate
Stay with me.
Right. We go with our emotions.
We are led by our "hearts."
Which made her angry, and so she spent the rest of human existence keying his car.
What God asked us to do is get together and find harmony.
In that harmony, which is the union of man and wife, we find holiness.
And that is how we join with Him to re-make the world constantly.