Torah E-Thought: Murder on Social Media
 
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Torah Portion: Kedoshim
 
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Rabbi Eli Pink
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Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


This week I heard that as a part of their vital work to protect the Jewish community in the UK, CST are hiring a Social Media Caseworker, whose primary focus will be antisemitism that occurs on social media. Of course Judaism believes that everything in this world is about choice – are we choosing to use something for positive purposes or the opposite. But it struck me as sad that the very forums that were designed to bring people closer together are being used to spread hate.

Slanderous talk is not a new phenomenon. In this week’s parshah, the Torah instructs; “You shall not go about as a talebearer amongst your people; you shall not stand by your fellow’s blood.” The commentaries comment on the juxtaposition of the two commands and say that “one who bears tales is a murderer, as it is written: “You shall not go about as a talebearer amongst your people; you shall not stand by your fellow’s blood.” The Talmud goes a step further and says, “Evil talk kills three people: the speaker, the listener and the one who is spoken of.”

This seems troubling. The speaker of the slander obviously commits a grave sin by speaking negatively of his fellow and the listener too is a partner to this evil by consenting to listen. But why is the one who is spoken of affected by their deed? Are his negative traits worsened by the fact that they are spoken of?

Chassidic philosophy explains that every person possess negative traits or tendencies, but their quintessential goodness, intrinsic to every soul, strives to control them, conquer them and redirect them as a positive force. But when this evil is spoken of, it is made that much more manifest and real. By speaking negatively of the person’s trait or deed, the evil speakers are, in effect, defining it as such; with their words, they grant substance and validity to its negative potential.

This ancient Jewish principle is recognized somewhat by parenting and educational experts who advise against calling children negatives names at this may perpetuate the tendencies.

On the other hand, the same applies in the reverse: speaking favorably of another, accentuating his or her positive side, will aid them to realize themselves in the manner that we have defined them.

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Kedoshim

The Torah section of Emor (“ Speak”) begins with the special laws pertaining to the kohanim (“priests”), the kohen gadol (“high priest”), and the Temple service: A kohen may not become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, save on the occasion of the death of a close relative. A kohen may not marry a divorcee, or a woman with a promiscuous past; a kohen gadol can marry only a virgin. A kohen with a physical deformity cannot serve in the Holy Temple, nor can a deformed animal be brought as an offering.

A newborn calf, lamb or kid must be left with its mother for seven days before being eligible for an offering; one may not slaughter an animal and its offspring on the same day.

The second part of Emor lists the annual Callings of Holiness—the festivals of the Jewish calendar: the weekly Shabbat; the bringing of the Passover offering on 14 Nissan; the seven-day Passover festival beginning on 15 Nissan; the bringing of the Omer offering from the first barley harvest on the second day of Passover, and the commencement, on that day, of the 49-day Counting of the Omer, culminating in the festival of Shavuot on the fiftieth day; a “remembrance of shofar blowing” on 1 Tishrei; a solemn fast day on 10 Tishrei; the Sukkot festival—during which we are to dwell in huts for seven days and take the “Four Kinds”—beginning on 15 Tishrei; and the immediately following holiday of the “eighth day” of Sukkot ( Shemini Atzeret).

Next the Torah discusses the lighting of the menorah in the Temple, and the showbread (lechem hapanim) placed weekly on the table there.

Emor concludes with the incident of a man executed for blasphemy, and the penalties for murder (death) and for injuring one’s fellow or destroying his property (monetary compensation).

 
 
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