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    1. RASHI METHOD: REFERENCES
    BRIEF EXPLANATION: Commentary on a verse is provided thru a cross-reference to another verse. The cross references can either provide
    • (1a) further details,
    • (1b) confirm citations, or
    • (1c) clarify word meaning.
    This examples applies to Rashis Lv19-29b
    URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/w33n16.htm
    Brief Summary: The skies EJACULATE rain to IMPREGNATE the earth which DELIVERS produce. If the Jews sin then the EARTH prostitutes to other skies and doesn't deliver.

Note: Today's Rashi is best understood through use of two Rashi methods: the reference and symbolism method. The interested reader is encouraged to read rule #10, symbolism afer reading this Rashi explanation.

    Verse Lv19-29b discussing the consequences of parental-guided prostitution on a country states Profane not thy daughter, to make her a harlot, lest the land prostitute, and the land become full of lewdness. Rashi clarifies the underlined words the land prostitute by referencing verses Dt11-10:17 which states For the land, which you enter to possess, is not as the land of Egypt, from where you came out, where you sowed your seed, and watered it with your foot, ... But the land, ...drinks water from the rain of the skies; ... And it shall come to pass, if you shall give heed diligently to my commandments ... That I will give you the rain .... Take heed ..., lest you turn aside, and serve other gods, .... And then the Lordís anger be kindled against you, and he closed the skies, that there should be no rain, Hence the Rashi comment: The Bible describes the punishment for parental-guided-harlotry as prostitution of the land, which refers to lack of rain. We can appreciate this relationship between land prostitution and lack of rain by use of the technique of analogy:
    • The Hebrew word for raining downpour and ejaculation are the same;
    • Therefore the Bible pictures the skies as a masculine lover
    • ejaculating rain
    • to mother earth
    • who delivers
    • ------------------------------------------
    • It therefore follows that lack of rain corresponds to
    • mother earth
    • leaving / prostituting from
    • her partner the virile ejaculating skies
    • and going elsewhere resulting
    • in a destruction of her relationship with the skies to produce rain.

Text of Target verse Lv19-29b Text of Reference Verse Dt11-10:17
Profane not thy daughter, to make her a harlot, lest the land prostitute, and the land become full of lewdness. Rashi clarifies the underlined words the land prostitute by referencing verses Dt11-10:17 which states For the land, which you enter to possess, is not as the land of Egypt, from where you came out, where you sowed your seed, and watered it with your foot, ... But the land, ...drinks water from the rain of the skies; ... And it shall come to pass, if you shall give heed diligently to my commandments ... That I will give you the rain .... Take heed ..., lest you turn aside, and serve other gods, .... And then the Lordís anger be kindled against you, and he closed the skies, that there should be no rain,
Rashi comments: The punishment for parental-guided-harlotry which the Bible describes as prostitution of the land refers to lack of rain. We can appreciate this relationship between land prostitution and lack of rain by use of the technique of analogy:
  • The Hebrew word for raining downpour and ejaculation are the same;
  • Therefore the Bible pictures the skies as a masculine lover
  • ejaculating rain
  • to mother earth
  • who delivers
  • ------------------------------------------
  • It therefore follows that lack of rain corresponds to
  • mother earth
  • leaving / prostituting from
  • her partner the virile ejaculating skies
  • and going elsewhere resulting
  • in a destruction of her relationship with the skies to produce rain.


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