Mishpatim: Chapter 20

"And you shall be holy men to Me"


Rabbi Yehuda says that God told the children of Yisrael that they should be to Him "a kingdom of priests," "a holy nation," "a holy people," and "holy men." He considers the verse, "But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?" saying that the Torah emanated from Chochmah from the place called 'holiness,' and that Chochmah emanated from the place called 'Holy of Holies.' The law to do with "neither shall you eat any meat that is torn of beasts in the field" is explored; it is prohibited for those called 'holiness' to eat of it. Rabbi Aba concludes by telling us that this law is considered one of the most difficult laws of the Torah, and that all difficult matters of the Torah were given only to those fearing sin who keep God's commandments, not to the other nations.