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The Somewhat Litvshe Yid

Friday, July 01, 2005

Parshas Korach

And Moshe heard(וישמע) and fell upon his face (Bamidbar 15:4).
The Gemara in Sanhedrin(110a) asks, what was the rumor(שמועה) that Moshe heard that caused him to fall upon his face? R’ Shmuel Bar Nachmani answers in the name of R’ Yochanan that the rumor was that Moshe was suspected of adultery (אשת איש). He brings a proof from Tehillim (106:16): And they envied(ויקנאו) Moshe in the camp. R’ Shmuel Bar Yitzchak learned further from this verse that it wasn’t only that they suspected Moshe, but they want as far as to warn their wives(כל חד ואחד קנא את אשתו) not to be alone with him. That warning being an integral step in the Sotah process, wherein a man warns his wife not to be alone(יחוד) with a man, and only then if she is alone with him can she be tried as a Sotah. And this is essentially why Moshe moved his tent out of the Machane(Shmos 33).

The question would then be, Moshe, who was the most humble of all men, who most likely wouldn’t take umbrage at such things fell upon his face. Why would this be the case? Because of a slight to his personal honor? Unlikely. I saw a spectacular answer to this question. The fact is that this statement was not only a slight against Moshe, but against all the women in Israel as well as the Torah.
The Israelite woman’s son then blasphemed G-d’s name with a curse and he was brought before Moshe. His mother’s name was Shelomis Bas Divri, from the tribe of Dan. (Vayikra 24:11)
Why does the Torah mention the name of his mother? To teach us of the greatness of the women of Israel, that amongst them on she was licentious. (Rashi ad. Loc.)
Therefore, the Torah goes out of its way to say that all the women in Israel were pure and above reproach, yet the men still suspected them. This suspicion was in direct contradiction to the words of the Torah. Therefore it was in effect denying the validity of the Torah, in whose honor Moshe fell upon his face.

(seen in Panim Chadashos B’Torah by R’ Ben Tzion Firer)

Gut Sabbos!


  • good kasha but i don't love the answer.

    By Blogger AMSHINOVER, at Friday, July 01, 2005 9:24:00 PM  

  • oif hiesa tuggen azoi hient mir darfen kalta litvaks tze zinenen coool. whats up my litvak going to the rebbe for shabbos. will let you know how the fish at the tisch was. gut sabbos

    By Blogger thekvetcher, at Friday, July 01, 2005 10:42:00 PM  

  • I did go to my Rav's for Shabbos, we go every Shalosh Seudos. It helps that our wives are good friends, our sons learn in the same Talmud Torah and our daughters go to the same school, so everyone is happy. Especially me, since I get to hear Torah.

    By Blogger Litvshe, at Saturday, July 02, 2005 10:20:00 PM  

  • all of korachs followers were not swallowed up into the earth . the ones that survived started the national council of young israel.

    By Blogger thekvetcher, at Sunday, July 03, 2005 5:37:00 PM  

  • Or the Agudah...depending on how you look at these things.

    By Blogger Litvshe, at Monday, July 04, 2005 4:44:00 PM  

  • your last comment is so sweet to hear,oh' can it be
    a chussid like me
    in love with a litvak

    By Blogger AMSHINOVER, at Monday, July 04, 2005 8:12:00 PM  

  • If you're a real Amshinover you won't appreciate my next post...

    As to having problems with Agudah...well it's a long standing tradition of both Chassidim and Litvakim...both the Minchos Eliezar and R' Chaim where against the Agudah.

    By Blogger Litvshe, at Monday, July 04, 2005 9:22:00 PM  

  • if you're honest and true to what you write then a)i will not mind your next post and B) you will have only comtempt for the agunah yisrael organization

    By Blogger AMSHINOVER, at Wednesday, July 06, 2005 12:47:00 AM  

  • Nah, it's not about the Agudah, it's about zman t'fillah, and I haven't finished it yet, so it may be another few days. Knowing the Amshinovers have their own understanding of z'manim that doesn't quite fit in with the halacha. But don't worry, I'm sure I'll find something not nice to say about the Agudah, or more likely the Eidah Chareidis.

    By Blogger Litvshe, at Friday, July 08, 2005 4:01:00 PM  

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