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Emor 5777 – Tough Love

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Vayikra 5777

Emor 5777 – Tough Love

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 mothr’s name was Shulamit the daughter of Dibri,of the tribe of Dan. (Vayikra 24:10-11)

If You Can’t Name the Curser…..

The OhrHachaim 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!

So Why Name the Curser’s Mother?

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?

Love and Discipline

The Ohr Hachaim answers that Shulamit’s name and the tribe of Dan are 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 judgment. Imagine the anguish of close relatives handing over a family member to the law! Yet this is what they did.

The Lost Art of Discipline

Our Torah values clash with today’s very permissive society. Consequently, one of the greatest challenges we face in chinuch is how to balance expressing love and discipline. God forbid that anyone should be tested on the level of Shulamit and the tribe of Dan. Yet today discipline such setting a standard for wearing modest attire, or placing an emphasis on humility, is viewed as old fashioned and something that prevents a child from really expressing his or herself. Discipline has become a lost art. Sometimes it takes nearly the strength of Shulamis to say “no”. But rest assured that the reward for such a level of devotion to Hashem, even at its most simple level, is equal to having one’s name mentioned in the same pasuk as Moshe Rabbainu!



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