Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Expectorate Elsewhere


The Jerusalem Post published a December 30 statement from the Orthodox Jewish tribunal of Beth Din Tzedek, who asked Jerusalem's Orthodox community to quit spitting on Christian clergy in the Holy City.

The statement read in part, "Provoking gentiles...is forbidden and is liable to bring tragic consequences upon our own community...we hereby call upon anyone who has the power to end these shameful incidents through persuasion, to take action as soon as possible to remove these hazards, so that our community may live in peace."

Aside from being gross, spitting in this instance is an act of contempt that is akin to cursing at a person. As such, it is a violation of the Second Commandment, which specifically prohibits taking the Lord's name in vain, but by extension also covers taking rash oaths and cursing people, places, and things.

1 comment:

Patti Petersen said...

There are few things to compare with the insult of being spat upon and it is a horrible thing to undergo. I say this having been spat upon once...that was enough! That being said, Our blessed Lord endured this insult and the Christian clergy who undergo this vile affront are in good company and are enduring in His Name. I hope that the statement from the Jewish Tribunal ends this nasty business.