"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Why Was The Seh (Lamb or Goat) Chosen as the Passover Sacrifice?

April 6, 2012

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by Sophiee
Why was the seh (lamb or goat) chosen as the Passover sacrifice? The bible tells us — because it was an insult to the Egyptians. The Egyptians worshiped them as gods. Shemot / Exodus 8:21: “And Pharaoh called to Moshe and Aharon and said: Go and bring sacrifice to your G-d, in the land (i.e. in Egypt). 22. And Moshe said: It is not proper to do thus, for the abomination of Egypt we will sacrifice to Hashem our G-d. If we sacrifice the abomination of Egypt in front of them, will they not stone us?”


The Rambam said (In the Guide for the Perplexed): “Scripture tells us, according to the Version of Onkelos, that the Egyptians worshipped Aries, and therefore abstained from killing sheep, and held shepherds in contempt. Comp.” Behold we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians,” etc. (Exod. viii. 26) “For every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians” (Gen. Avi. 34).” (Gen. Avi. 34).

Sacrificing the Egyptian gods and smearing the blood of their gods on our doorposts was an amazing act of bravery on the part of our Jewish ancestors — and an amazing act of trust in G-d. . .

To the Egyptians someone eating lamb was an abomination — akin to us being cannibals. Read this from the OU website:

“It would not be proper because the Egyptians regard our sacrifices to the L-RD as abominations. Could we break an Egyptian taboo (TOAVAT MITZRAYIM) before their very eyes without their stoning us?”

We may recall that because the Egyptians held the eaters of the flesh of sheep in the lowest regard, Joseph’s brothers were fed separately from the other Egyptians (Bereishit 43:32). Joseph also encouraged his brothers to list their occupations as shepherds in order to keep them isolated from the rest of Egypt (46:34). Both of these references feature the word “abomination” . . .

A. Sheep were chosen precisely because they were taboo to the Egyptians and any attempt to slaughter them would be resisted, forcefully.

B. The astrological symbol of the month of Nisan is Aries, the ram, and the 15th day is the apex of a lunar month. The ram-god of the Egyptians was to be slaughtered on the evening of the full-moon of its very own month (ostensibly, the height of its powers), and the Egyptians would be powerless to prevent it!

C. By selecting the sheep or ram (cf. Shemot 12:5 which treats them identically) four days in advance of the actual sacrifice, the Jews were flaunting their intentions in the faces of their Egyptian neighbors, as though daring them to interfere.

D. Similarly, the smearing of its blood on the door posts and lintel was intended to force the Egyptians to suffer the further indignity of seeing the lifeblood of the animal, the essence of many pagan rituals, “profaned.” (TO`EIVAH). http://www.ou.org/yerushalayim/lezikaronolam/nehama/pesach58.html


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