Parashat Emor / Of suffering and redemption
Rabbi Nehemiah’s interpretation provides a glimpse into the lives of the sages during the era of the Roman Empire, when there were decrees forbidding Jews from observing religious commandments.
In Psalms 12:2, the narrator turns to God, beseeching him: “Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” The chief flaw the narrator finds among the people he speaks of is found in the nature of the words they speak: “They speak falsehood every one with his neighbor; with flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak” (Ps. 12:3)....
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