[Avodah] Fwd: VA'EIRA "Too Much Dust Clouds the Mind with Lust"

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Thu Jan 11 15:21:57 PST 2018

On Mon, Jan 08, 2018 at 03:49:48PM +0200, Simon Montagu via Avodah wrote:
: Either way, I don't think it's all that critical whether any of this was
: historically true of the Egyptians in either Joseph or Moses' time. Derash
: routinely merges the attributes of historical resha`im and contemporaries,
: either lesaber et ha'ozen when describing the ancient ones, or in order to
: use them as stand-ins when criticizing the modern world (e.g. Bereishit
: Rabba mentioning the circuses and theatres in Sodom).

However, if it's not how people closer to the Misr Empire in time actually
understood the Mitzri worldview, it means there is an intended lesson
we still didn't mine from the story.

Regardless of whether HQBH wants us to project the matrialist /
anti-spiritual worldview on the Mitzriim of His "canvas" to emphasize
the lesson given in the original devar Torah.

Tir'u baTov!

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