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July 27, 2017 / conservadox

Dvar torah-Devarim

In this week’s portion, Moses recounts the adventures of the Jews over the preceding 40 years. He asserts tthat after the sin of the spies (portion Shelach), the Jews complain that “God took us out of the land of Egypt because He hates us!” (Deut. 1:27). Miller cites Rashi’s statement that in fact the Jews hated God and thus imagined that the feeling was mutual. This seems hard to take literally; the concept of “hating God” seems wemed to me.

But in the field of human relations the concept of “projection” (by which I mean, accusing others of feeling/doing what you are really feeling/doing) seems quite real.  For example, the Nazis were trying to take over the world (or at least a big chunk of it) and accused Jews of doing the same.

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