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Sunday, December 21, 2008

הוציאוה ותשרף

All of the mefarshim are bothered by this, why was Tamar chayav שריפה? Rashi says that she was the daughter of שם and therefore a בת כהן (against the Gemara in סוטה), but in any case even so the din of שריפה should not apply.

The בעל הטורים quotes a fascinating pshat in the name of R' Yehuda Hachassid. He says that they were not going to kill her, rather they were going to burn a mark on her forehead to mark her as a prostitute.

2 Comments:

At 12:33 AM, Blogger zdub said...

But, of course, such an answer only begs the question. How does the Baal Haturim (or R. Yehudah HaChassid) then justify that punishment?

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger SpaceFalcon2001 said...

Obviously because it's before Matan Torah, the punishments aren't necessarily controlled by Torah either.

 

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