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Emor 5776 – Curses Foiled Again

Emor 5776
Curses Foiled Again

Now, the son of an Israelite woman and the son of an Egyptian man went out among the children of Israel, and they quarreled in the camp this son of the Israelite woman, and an Israelite man.
And the son of the Israelite woman pronounced the [Divine] Name and cursed. So they brought him to Moshe. And his mother’s name was Shulamit the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. (Vayikra 24:10-11)

The Ohr Hachaim points out that Hashem did not mention the name of the person who cursed Him. This is because HaKodesh Baruch Hu has no desire to embarrass anyone, especially if it would be recorded in the Torah. Such an embarrassment would last for eternity!

According to this, the next pasuk seems to contradict the first. From the first pasuk we learn that no matter how much a person rebels, Hashem still worries about his honor. Yet in the very next pasuk, Hashem names the rasha’s mother and the tribe he belongs to. What about their honor? Surely they would not want to be associated with this evil man?

The Ohr Hachaim answers that Shulamit’s name and the tribe of Dan is brought in connection with Moshe Rabbainu’s name. Mentioning their names in the same pasuk with Moshe’s is a form of praise. The case of the curse was brought before Moshe, it was a matter of life and death. Shulamit and the tribe of Dan overcame their natural inclinations of love and rachmonus and brought this man for judgement. Imagine the anguish of close relatives handing over a family member to the law! Yet this is what they did.

We see from here that having reverence for our great Rabbis can bring us to a level of Akeidas Yitzchak. This type of dedication is the result of an absolute and sincere desire for truth and the clear recognition that our first loyalty is to our Creator.The reward for such a level of devotion is equal to having one’s name mentioned in the same pasuk as Moshe Rabbainu!

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