Sunday, January 7, 2018

Why Levites and Hebrews were allowed to marry non-virgins ?

Torah is very explicit that virginity is a sign of holiness and that we are to prevent our daughters from promiscuous behavior.

Here is what Torah says:
YLT Lv 19:29 'Thou dost not pollute thy daughter to cause her to go a-whoring, that the land go not a-whoring, and the land hath been full of wickedness.

YLT Dt 22:20 'And if this thing hath been truth--tokens of virginity have not been found for the damsel--

YLT Dt 22:21 then they have brought out the damsel unto the opening of her father's house, and stoned her have the men of her city with stones, and she hath died, for she hath done folly in Israel, to go a-whoring in her father's house; and thou hast put away the evil thing out of thy midst.

YLT Dt 23:17 'There is not a whore among the daughters of Israel, nor is there a whoremonger among the sons of Israel;

YLT Dt 23:18 thou dost not bring a gift of a whore, or a price of a dog, into the house of Jehovah thy God, for any vow; for the abomination of Jehovah thy God are even both of them.
As you know from the Torah, only Rebbecah (wife of Isaac) is called a virgin in the Torah. This means that the issue of virginity was an issue all the time. In fact, Torah expects this, which brings us to the answer to the post's question.

The reason why regular Hebrews and Levites (non-Priests) were allowed to marry non-virgins was that in many cases the most compatible woman is not going to be a virgin, especially in our time. It would be unreasonable to put a virginity requirement on the regular people who do not possess the holiness, discipline, and patience of the Priests. This is why only Priests were required to marry virgins. Other people could marry non-virgins.

This is also related to why Torah allows polygamy. Sometimes, it is not only impossible to find a virgin, but also it is impossible to find one woman that is compatible with you completely. This is why a man could take the additional wife(s) that possess other qualities that he is looking for aside from his first wife.

This is why virginity requirement should not be taken as absolute by those of us who are not Priests. This way we have more chances finding the woman that we love and we are compatible with.

Of'course, once we will live according to the Torah, most women will be virgins so this is not going to be an issue anymore. But in our dark times, we must take what we can. This is sad but it is a reality.

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