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Naso-“It’s not me”

Friday, 25 May, 2018 - 12:09 pm

"I'm sorry I did that yesterday. It's so not me. I don't know what got into me". 

When you hear that, you wonder: Who IS the real "you"? The one who claims the next day - "I can't believe I actually did that", or the one who actually did it.

This week's Torah portion supports the authenticity of the "it's not me" claim. When describing a person's moral failing, the Torah uses an unconventional term (Tisteh), the Talmud explains that a person will only commit a sin if overtaken by foolishness at the moment of their moral failing.

In other words, the real me is good, upstanding and noble. It is just that I have moments when "something got into me". In the heat of the moment, we may temporarily lose sight of our inherent goodness and morality and make a silly choice (which we certainly need to fix and clean our mess).

The Torah's message to us is simple: You are essentially good people; don't let yourself down!

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