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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Don't be like Korach -- warning against transgender!


Moshe told Korach
 קרח טז:ה) בקר וידע ה' את אשר לו)
In the morning G-d will make known who will serve Him.
Rashi brings a Medrash:
בקר - אמר להם משה: גבולות חלק הקדוש ברוך הוא בעולמו, יכולים אתם להפך בקר לערב? כן תוכלו לבטל את זו, שנאמר (בראשית א) ויהי ערב ויהי בקר... ויבדל. כך (דברי הימים כג) ויבדל אהרן להקדישו וגו' עכ"ל
Moshe told them that HY put borders in His world. Can you change morning into evening? So too can you change this....

The Zohar expounds on this, that the Priesthood which Korach coveted is the aspect of the right (chessed- kindness), whereas a regular leviite is of the aspect of the left (din - judgment). Right and left are not to be changed.

The Torah forbids anyone to be like Korach (17:5).

Thus we learn that one is forbidden to go transgender (besides for the prohibition of castration, and besides for the prohibition of cross-dressing, and besides for all the other moral prohibitions that come part and parcel with this, like not looking at women etc.).

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