Sunday, March 4, 2018

Please let me know...

I would like to ask those who understand the material that I present on this blog to contact me and let me know that you exist :)

It seems to me that very few people (if at all) understand God and Torah from the scientific, rational and logical perspective. Most Torah-centric people that I have encountered were under the influence of religion and were unable to critically and rationally understand the Torah text.

Especially I am interested in hearing from people who understand either my calendar or my Tabernacle design. If you exist, please let me know.

And I also want to hear from women who visit my blog. It seems to me that even fewer women understand my material and Torah-centric philosophy so I would love to hear otherwise.

Thank you.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Can a regular Priest marry a widow?

Can a regular Priest (not the High Priest) marry a widow?

Orthodox Judaism allows the regular Priests marry a widow. But is this justified by the Torah?

Let's take a look...

Here is what Torah says about Regular Priests.
CLV Lv 21:7 A prostituting woman or a violated one, they shall not take, and a woman driven out from her husband they shall not take, for he is holy to his Elohim.
As you can see, the word "widow" is absent from this verse. This is why Orthodox Judaism interpreted this verse as a permission for regular Priests marry a widow.

Let's look further at the High Priest permissions:
CLV Lv 21:13 He shall take a wife in her virginity.

CLV Lv 21:14 A widow or one driven out or violated or prostituting, these he shall not take, but rather a virgin from his kinsmen shall he take for a wife,
First of all, please compare bold words in both passages. As you can see, the only difference in these passages is the word "widow".

At first, I thought that this passage was edited during the 1st Temple period, especially because Kennicott and DSS did not have any variant readings.

However, I realized that there is more going on than I thought at first.

Here is a key verse that explains why Regular Priests CAN marry a widow and why the word
"widow" is absent from the verse:
CLV Dt 25:5 In case brothers dwell together, and one of them dies, and he has no son, the wife of the dead one shall not come to the outside, to an alien man. Her brother-in-law shall come to her, and he will take her to himself as his wife and perform the levirate for her. 
CLV Dt 25:6 Then it will come to be: the firstborn whom she bears shall carry on the name of his father's dead brother so that his name may not be wiped out from Israel. 
CLV Dt 25:7 But should the man not be inclined to take his sister-in-law, then his sister-in-law will go up to the elders at the gate and say: My brother-in-law refuses to raise up a name for his brother in Israel; he is not willing to perform the levirate for me. 
CLV Dt 25:8 Then the elders of his city will call to him and speak to him. But if he persists and says: I am not inclined to take her, 
CLV Dt 25:9 then his sister-in-law will come close to him before the eyes of the elders, pull his sandal off his foot, spit in his face and answer and say: Thus shall be done to the man who will not build up his brother's house. 
CLV Dt 25:10 And his name will be called in Israel, House of the Pulled-off Sandal.
So it appears that Regular Priests CAN marry a widow, primarily because of the commandment to preserve died brother's name and seed in Israel. Apparently, only the High Priest was exempt from this commandment who was explicitly commanded to marry a virgin because he is Holy to Yahuah.

And here are the auxiliary verses that support this point:
CLV Lv 21:1 Yahuah said to Moses: Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: No one shall defile himself for a deceased soul among his kinsmen, 
CLV Lv 21:2 save for his kin next to him, that is, for his mother, for his father, for his son, for his daughter, for his brother 
CLV Lv 21:3 or for his virgin sister, next to him since she has not come to have a husband; for her he may defile himself.
As you can see, these verses allow a Regular Priest to defile himself for his brother, meaning that not only a Regular Priest can touch a dead brother but also marry his wife if they did not have children.
CLV Ex 22:22 Any widow or orphan you shall not humiliate. 
CLV Lv 22:13 Yet in case the daughter of the priest becomes a widow or is driven out and she has no seed and so she returns to the house of her father as in her youth, of her father's bread she may eat, yet no alien at all may eat of it. 
CLV Dt 10:18 the One executing judgment of orphan and widow, the One loving the sojourner, so as to give him bread and garment. 
CLV Dt 14:29 that the Levite may come (for he has no portion or allotment with you), and the sojourner, the orphan and the widow who are within your gates, and they may eat and be satisfied, so that Yahuah your Elohim may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do. 
CLV Dt 16:11 You will rejoice before Yahuah your Elohim, you, your son and your daughter, your servant and your maidservant, the Levite who is within your gates, the sojourner, the orphan and the widow who are among you, in the place where Yahuah your Elohim shall choose to tabernacle His name. 
CLV Dt 16:14 You will rejoice in your celebration, you, your son and your daughter, your servant and your maidservant, the Levite, the sojourner, the orphan and the widow who are within your gates.
As you can see, widows have a special status and they are not considered profaned sexually in the eyes of God. This is why Regular Priests COULD marry widows.

However, I need to point out that just because Regular Priests could marry widows, does not mean that this is ideal practice. Marrying a widow was allowed to help in situations when there is no other choice. It certainly does not imply that most Priests should be married to widows.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Does Torah command the rapist to marry his victim?

No! ABSOLUTELY NOT !!! I do not know why this is even an issue for some people? 

This rumor is based on slight inconsistency in the verses of the text in Deuteronomy. So while I understand that some people could misread the text, still it is pretty crazy to think that some people would believe that God would allow this.

Let's take a look at what text of the Torah really says:
CLV Ex 22:16 In case a man entices a virgin who is not betrothed and lies with her he shall pay, yea pay her bride-price as a wife for himself. 
CLV Ex 22:17 If her father refuses, yea refuses to give her to him, he shall weigh out silver according to the bride-price for virgins. 
CLV Dt 22:28 In case a man should find a maiden, a virgin who is not betrothed, and he grasps her and lies with her, and they are found, 
CLV Dt 22:29 then the man who is lying with her must give to the maiden's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife. Inasmuch as he humiliated her he shall not be able to dismiss her all his days.
So as you can see, in reality, the Torah states that it is up to the father of the victim to decide if she will be married off to the rapist. The woman's opinion also counts, which means that a woman must also agree with this. 

So as you can see, the rapist only commanded marry his victim if she and her father would agree to it. And as you can see from Deut 22:29, a rapist can't divorce his victim all his life.

All in all, I think Torah commands very wise and righteous things. Torah would never force a woman to marry her rapist if she does not want that!!!

P.S. I need to clarify that these verses speak about "a rape of passion" which is similar to the story of Dina in Genesis (see Genesis 34). This means that woman was not hurt during the process and intent of rape was not just sex.

So if we are talking about a forcible rape for the sake of sex which hurt the woman, then other punishments are applicable for a rapist, such as an injury for an injury and/or public lashing.

And in the worst case scenario, if a woman died because of rape, then this is not really rape but murder and blood for blood (capital) punishment apply.

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