Earth as Co-conspirator Parashat Aharei Mot-Kedoshim

Even if Israel violates the prohibitions concerning sexual relations and the earth becomes defiled, it will vomit out the Children of Israel only if God chooses to punish the earth for its iniquity.

After the Torah describes in detail the various categories of sexual relations that are forbidden − incest, relations with animals, giving your seed ‏(that is, handing over your children‏) to idolatry, etc. − it sums up, again in detail, the chain of events that could unfold if Israel does not observe these prohibitions: “Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things; for in all...