Mar. 5th, 2012

rhu: (torah)
H and I were discussing this last night, and we had a joint insight. I haven't had a chance yet to look in the meforshim [commentators] to see if this is a chiddush [new insight], but: MOshe knew what was going on in the camp. He knew that bnei Yisrael, weeks away from the theophany and being told "Make no molten gods", fell into idolatry, worshipping an object that they had fashioned with their own hands.

How much more tempted would they be to worship idolatrously an object that had been fashioned by the "hands" (as it were) of God?

Did Moshe smash the first tablets to save Israel from future idolatry?
rhu: (torah)
H and I were discussing this last night, and we had a joint insight. I haven't had a chance yet to look in the meforshim [commentators] to see if this is a chiddush [new insight], but: MOshe knew what was going on in the camp. He knew that bnei Yisrael, weeks away from the theophany and being told "Make no molten gods", fell into idolatry, worshipping an object that they had fashioned with their own hands.

How much more tempted would they be to worship idolatrously an object that had been fashioned by the "hands" (as it were) of God?

Did Moshe smash the first tablets to save Israel from future idolatry?

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