Monday, July 20, 2020

homeland for everyone

Why is it that the arei miklat in chu"l did not function as sanctuary cities (we had the idea first) until after kibush v'chiluk and the arei miklat were set up in Eretz Yisrael?  Meshech Chochma suggests (see here for a second hesber that he offers) that had there been refuge cities in chu"l without there being any in Eretz Yisrael then anyone who kills b'shogeg would immediately flee Eretz Yisrael and run to chu"l.  The Torah does not want even murderers (true, they are shogeg) to be forced to leave Eretz Yisrael!  

1 comment:

  1. -- "homeland for everyone": for everyone? is Israel as a whole meant as a refuge for international criminals intent on avoiding extradition?

    -- "did not function...until after"

    the three arei miklat in chu"l weren't levitical before kibush v'chiluk; all[?] the levi'im crossed the yarden, leaving no teams of bodyguards* behind to protect any killers b'shogeg...

    *trained in the ways of the ninja? or in krav maga? or in deadly use of the Name?