Chapter 2, Mishna 1, 2, 3, 4
Comparison of the sotah’s meal offering (barley flour) to other meal offerings (wheat flour). Sota brings food of animals because her behavior was like animal. If there is no dust for the bitter water, may one use ashes? No need to raise dilemma if one holds with Beis Shammai that we never find ashes referred to as dust. Can we use decomposed vegetable matter? Yes because it will become dust. Ashes will never become dust because burning changes a substance to something else under Torah law. Dust needs to be visible upon the water. Three items must be seen within their ritual: dust of sotah, ashes of red heifer, spittle of woman whose husband died childless (from chalitzah ceremony). Ashes do not equal dust… but Torah paradoxically does conflate ashes and dust in red heifer. We need Oral Torah to explain things like this. Which verses get written on the scroll which is submerged in the bitter water? Not all the verses about sotah. Difference in spelling between Ish and Isha. Aleph shin hey or aleph yud shin.If you take God’s two-letter name out, what is left is fire that will destroy the marriage. Words must be written on scroll of parchment like Torah scroll. Must be written with ink that dissolved in water. Must fit on single piece of parchment.
sota #adultery #adulterous #strife #jealousy
Opening song: Rainforest sounds