31 July 2015

Two Down, One to Go

15 Menachem Av 5775
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

According to the Jewish sages of about two-thousand years ago...

...The nations are allowed to continue in existence only because they keep a minimum of three mitzvos. These are:

(1) not writing marriage documents for the union of two males,...

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(2) not selling human flesh in the market place,...

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(3) and giving honor to the Torah—which in practice means, not persecuting the people of the Torah, the Jewish people.

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...Implicit is the assumption that if the nations do not abide by at least the aforementioned three mitzvos, they may forfeit the very right to exist. (Source)

5 comments:

Yisrael said...

Nice to know that something is actually required of these animals. Something, anything.

Devash said...

For those who wanted a source for this, I quote from the article linked within the post:

Rabbi Ulla says that the world continues to exist because the nations accepted these thirty mitzvos. However, he adds, the nations do not keep all the mitzvos they accepted. They keep only three, and one of the three is: “They do not write a marriage contract for males.” Rashi comments that the nations do engage in forbidden homosexual relations, but they at least acknowledge that such relations are illicit by not formalizing those relations in legal documents.

The other two commandments that they keep are that they do not sell human flesh in the market place, and that they give honor to the Torah (Talmud Chullin 92B).

Elsewhere the Rabbis of old stated that the final decree of destruction, the Great Flood, was sealed against the generation of Noach because they wrote marriage documents for males. “Rabbi Huna said in the name of Rabbi Yosef, ‘The generation of the Flood was not wiped out until they wrote marriage documents for the union of a man to a male or to an animal ’ ” (Genesis Rabbah 26:5; Leviticus Rabbah 23:9).




Yisrael said...

Did Rashi write that this month? Can he be any more timely or relevant or spot on? I don't think so.

Unknown said...

I would rather live in a nation that legalizes abortion than one where it's illegal. You said nothing about the oppression of women? Or rape? Oh, maybe those don't count.

Dassie said...

I probably shouldn't get into this, but just for the sake of whoever is reading this....
If you go to sites that are created to support women who are suffering emotionally after abortion, you will see that there are women who say they were eventually able to heal emotionally from being raped, but not from the abortion they had as a result. And there is a significant rate of depression, self-harming behaviors, and suicide for women after abortion for any reason.
I'm not saying there is never a reason for abortion (Judaism is clear about when there is and I have a chareidi friend who had an abortion after consulting the Badatz experts first), but making abortion available at whim is actually more oppressive of women than making it illegal.
When I was still pro-abortion, I encouraged it to a friend of mine who'd been raped, even offering to help her with the money (I truly thought I was being compassionate at the time.) I'll never forget the look she gave me in return. She did not appreciate my suggestion. Baruch Hashem, it never happened and I do not have that trangression on my account.
And this doesn't need saying, but just so it's clear where I stand: Rape victims deserve unwavering support, compassion and non-judgemental listening for as long as they need.
When looking at the actual facts, it's clear that portraying abortion as "supportive" or "theraputic" or a woman's "right" is a propaganda tool that a lot of women have unfortunately fed into.