Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Orlas basar

The Torah in our parsha uses the expression "yimol *"bsar** orlaso" but when speaking elsewhere of the mitzvah to mal avadim so they can eat korban pesach the Torah uses the expression "u'malta oso," without the word "basar.' Why the difference?

Chasam Sofer explains that a Jew, whether he has a physical milah or not, is not an orlas lev. He has an inherent connection to Hashem. The Mishna in nedarim writes that someone who takes a neder that applies to aralim does not mean to include Jews, even those who might not have a milah.  The milah just removes orlas *"basar,** the physical orlah.

The same is not true for an eved who lacks that inherent connection.  He must undergo a complete transformation through the milah.

1 comment:

  1. "a Jew...is not an orlas lev. He has an inherent connection to Hashem."

    yet the unique 'inherency' at Devarim 10:15, mi'kol-ha'amim, comes to announce that a connected heart is NOT a given [but only a potential] -- you shall circumcise the foreskin of your heart, 10:16

    "an eved...must undergo a complete transformation"

    maybe we've two/thirds of a sequence at Shemos 12:44-- the eved undergoes milah, then partakes of a korban pesach that celebrates Israeli household distinction (v'es-bateinu he'tzeel, 12:27); the eved then acknowledges the eventual benefit* of this separation to himself: 'baruch Atah Hashem Elokeinu Melech ha'olam, she'asani a'ved'-- he is blessed* to be slave to an Israelite, rather than some other. that the Jews were finally freed from Egypt meant a new breed of masters now bought on the regional market...[?]

    *easy to say in theory