Thursday, July 18, 2013

Parshat Va-etchanan, 5773/2013 thoughts

I have nothing new to say at the moment, but here are some interesting posts of mine from previous years:
"Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses Our Teacher) is such a nag, and a pessimist, too. "I know you're going to sin. I know you're going to get kicked out of your country." (See particularly D'varim/Deuteronomy 4:25-26.) Nice positive reinforcement. Not.
And there's this interesting statement (from D'varim Deuteronomy 4:2):
ב לֹא תֹסִפוּ, עַל-הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם, וְלֹא תִגְרְעוּ, מִמֶּנּוּ--לִשְׁמֹר, אֶת-מִצְו‍ֹת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי, מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם. 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Um, what are mitzvot d'Rabbanan--commandments from the Rabbis? If we're not supposed to add, where did we get the idea that we need separate dishes, etc., one set for meat/poultry products and a separate set for dairy dishes, which is certainly nowhere in the (Written) Torah/Bible?"  See that post for more choice tidbits.  
According to Conservadox, "Tigay suggests that Moses, by emphasizing his own mortality, may be trying to prevent posthumous worship of himself."


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