Thursday, 26 November 2009

P. Lech Lecha, Skin-Garment-House

An interesting linkage is made by RSR Hirsch on the first verse in Parshat Lech Lecha

New translation P. 288
"A person has 3 protective casings:
The Bassar, the Begged, and the Bayit.

This point dovetails completely with the 3 forms of afflictions listed in Tazria-Metzora viz.

afflictions of the Skin, surface, dermatological

I don't see any explicit connection made by R. Hirsch in Lech Lecha itself, but the parallel is more than skin-deep!

In the cases in Vayiqra, the afflictions [Nega'I'm] proceed from the inner to the outer

When Avraham leaves Haran he is asked to leave
House of your Father

Or from outer to inner which is highly counter-intuitive. And this is a major salient point in R. Hirsch's brief essay


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