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January 31, 2016 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Mishpatim

“You shall not tolerate a sorceress.”  (Exodus 22:17).

Why not? Is the Torah afraid of witchcraft?

Arama has an interesting argument.  He suggests that the Torah is writing for a world in which magic and idolatry are intimately intertwined, in that both are attempts to manipulate forces of nature.

But in that case, why isn’t the prohibition of idolatry enough?  It seems like this is a kind of “fence around the law” argument- that one could lead to the other.

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