Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 Kedoshim II

In Leviticus on April 27, 2011 at 3:48 am

How is love thy neighbor reconciled with the biblically sanctioned violence that ensues? What’s in a neighbor? A person? A nation?

I think Amos and this parsha condemn a lot of the shenanigans that have taken place during the peace process over there. Is it ignorance? Willful negligence? Or a fiction regarded as a fiction?

Amos compares Israel’s flight from Egypt to the Philistines and Aram. I think the commentators are saying that Amos means the sending of the Philistines and Aram into captivity. That seems contradictory: Israel’s return from captivity compared to nations being sent into captivity. Am I reading this right?

Rash interprets verse 20 to be about a Canaanite bondmaid destined for an Israelite slave. Wouldn’t this have been forbidden?

  1. Good questions and comments.
    You make it clear why we read The Book of Ruth on Shavoat.

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