Witchcraft and magic | Understanding Tamim


From this week’s Parsha Shoftim, we will discuss “Witchcraft and magic | Understanding Tamim”. Why is the Torah’s attitude towards these things so negative, and how is the normative instruction in the command to be “wholehearted with the Lord your G-d” an alternative to them? The answer lies in understanding the full gamut of meanings implied by “wholehearted” or in Hebrew, tamim. This concept appears in the Torah in four contexts, all of them pointing towards one shared meaning—completeness.

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