The Curse of Long Eyebrows – Emor (Aliyah 2)

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Then Moses wrote this Torah

Deuteronomy 31:9

Behold the defects which prohibit you from
dwelling in the Lord’s presence.

(I use the word Lord anachronistically as
the idea that God is a man is as ridiculous
as the things on this list.)

If you’re blind (Seems cruel.)

If you have a sunken nose
(Unclear if they mean your nose went
down with a ship. Look for treasure!)

If your limbs are mismatched
(Didn’t God make everyone’s limbs?
Surely that’s not their fault.)

If your arm or leg is broken
(We’re, literally, adding insult to injury here.)

If you have long eye brows
(Finally those long eye-browed maniacs
are getting what’s coming to them!)

If your testicles are crushed
(No comment.)

There are more…the commingling eye
the weeping sores.

Any excuse to separate human
from holiness, it seems.

I prefer Abraham’s whole open-tent vibe.
Let all who are anything

dwell amongst the holy presence.
There’s enough of God’s food
to go around

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