Dvar Torah Ki Tetze 2007 – 5767 דבר תורה כי תצא

In this week’s Sidra the Torah prohibits marrying an Ammonite or a Moabite for all generations even after conversion. LO YAVO AMONI UMO’AVI BIKHAL HASHEM, “An Ammonite or a Moabite may not enter into the assembly of Hashem”. (Deut. 23,4) The reason given is that when Bnei Yisrael were on their way to the Promised Land these two nations refused to provide them with bread and water, the two greatest necessities for sustaining life. There were nations who enslaved Jews and nations who went to war against Jews. Some were not forbidden to be married by Jews and some were forbidden only for a number of generations. But none were forbidden forever as were the Ammonites and Moabites. Why?

Chazal tell us that there are three important distinguishing characteristics of Jews. Jews are merciful, bashful and charitable. The Ammonites and Moabites demonstrated that they are neither merciful nor charitable. While other people who convert to Judaism may eventually become part of the Jewish fold, individuals of these two nations lack the basic characteristics needed to fit into our people. Conversion will not transform them into true Jews.

Jews have these beautiful traits. They have demonstrated throughout history their desire to help others in need. They have been the greatest contributors to charity. They have always felt for the underdog. They have always demonstrated these traits and never sought credit for doing so. This distinguishes Jews above other people.


3 thoughts on “Dvar Torah Ki Tetze 2007 – 5767 דבר תורה כי תצא

  1. Ben Rose

    What About Rus, wasn’t she a moabite and the woman from whome came King Dovid and thus the woman who is the matriarch to Moshiach Ben Dovid???

  2. Saba

    Yes, The prohibition was only on the men and it was the men who prohibited the transfer of food. Women in those days had no say in political matters.

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