Monday, February 8, 2010

Egyptian Slavery as punishment for lashon hara


"Moshe wondered, ‘What sin did the Jews commit, to be uniquely enslaved?’

"When he heard [Datan]’s words [Shemot 2:14], he said, ‘They have harmful speech in their midst! How will they ever merit redemption?’ And so he said, ‘Now, the matter is known’ – Now I know why they are enslaved."

(Midrash, Shemot Rabbah 1:30)

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