Friday, July 20, 2012

Parshat Matot-Masei: 5772/2012 thoughts

Sorry, I have no new thoughts to share, but here are some previous ones:
Fortunately, Woodrow/Conservadox has some interesting new thoughts regarding Masei.

Mon., July 23, 2012 update:  At our synagogue's Seudah Shlishit, we discussed the arei miklat/cities of refuge (for those who kill someone by accident--see Parshat Masei, Numbers 35:6:34), and concluded that these were some interesting combination of the functional equivalent of (a) confiscating an accused person's passport and/or confining him/her to house arrest and/or putting a tracking/monitoring device on a person to ensure that he/she can't travel beyond a certain distance without being noticed and (b) protective custody for the accidental killer.  An ir miklat/city of refuge was, in effect, a giant prison serving to protect the accidental killer from the functional equivalent of a lynching.


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