Tuesday, June 12, 2007
lo tasuru and aveira lishma
Unlike most commentaries that read lo tasuru as a warning against succumbing to temptation or being misled by idolatry, the Netziv reads the issur as a warning against religious antinomianism – following one’s own intuitions about worship instead of the formal rules of the halachic system. According to Netziv, committing an aviera lishma (see Nazir 23) in almost all instanced is a violation of lo tasuru. Based on that approach, the issur is a perfect lead in to parshas korach.