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Weekly Parsha

MASSEI

SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI MS GINSBURY

Towards the end of today’s Sedrah (Bamidbar 35; 9-28) we read how a person who commits a non-intentional act of murder has to spend time dwelling in one of the ‘Arei Miklat’, Levitical cities of refuge, until the death of the Kohen Gadol.

The Abarbanel (d.1508) wonders as to the connection between the Kohen Gadol’s death and the release of such murderers from their confinement. The Rosh (d.1327) wonders as to the significantly different – almost apparently random – lengths of ‘sentence’ that different non-intentional murderers would serve.

Abarbanel answers that the Kohen Gadol’s death would serve to calm the feelings of the ‘Go’el Hadam’ (murder victim’s close relative), thus making it safe for the unfortunate murderer to leave the city of refuge. If even the holy Kohen HaGadol cannot live forever, the Go’el Hadam will think, then I have to accept that my relative’s ‘time had come’ and relax my vengeful intent towards the one who apparently caused his demise.

The Rosh explains that the sentence depended on the level of ‘nonintent’. Some murderers would seem to serve minimal sentences, if their exile began just before the Kohen Gadol’s death; others might languish for years. Only G-d can truly know the degree of intent; making the length of sentence contingent on the Kohen Gadol’s death – something in the hands of HaShem alone -meant that the whole process from act of murder till release from the Arei Miklat was in the hands of HaShem, Who alone can perfectly calibrate action, consequence, confinement and release therefrom.

As we proceed through the Three Weeks and agonise over Israel’s current difficulties, may HaShem extend mercy to us, helping us to dispel any negative thoughts and unjust intents and thereby find us worthy of being released from our current troubles and constraints.

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Our Rabbi

Rabbi Ginsbury

Rabbi Mordechai and Judy Ginsbury joined Hendon United Synagogue in February 1999. Prior to this they had spent nearly 14 years as Rabbi and Rebbetzen of the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation in Manchester.

During their tenure with us they have endeared themselves to the Community with their warm, intelligent and welcoming approach and have enhanced and furthered Hendon’s reputation as a dynamic and vibrant Kehilla.

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