This Rashi continued from rule #8, databases above.
We have seen above that two procedures - the Lepor (slanderer) purification
ceremony and the Levite indoctrination ceremoy - both required shaving all
body hair. Rashi explains:
Shaving the entire body is symbolic of feminization. Female passivity -
the capacity to be a good listener has importance for two purposes:
a) to cure the lepor who slanders people. By acquiring female passivity
and listening the lepor will cure his urge to slander. b)to indoctrinate
the Levites who counsel people. It is well known that passive listening
is an important part of counseling.
We repeat the list, presented in rule #8, databases above.
| Lepor(slanderer) purification ceremony
|| To cure the urge to slander on must shave - adopt
female passivity and be a good listener.
| Levite indoctrination ceremony
|| Levites counsel people who bring sacrifices to the
Temple. Female passivity - good listening - is major
requirement for counselors.
Advanced Rashi: Although Rashi states the lepor-levite
connection it was Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch who founded the entire field of
Biblical symbolism on a deep elegant and logical axiomatic basis. We owe much to
Rav Hirsch who, culminating several 100 years of midieval symbolic commentary,
unlocked the doors to a biblical room filled with color, aroma and an etheral
beauty not expected in the bible.