רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר הַקַּפָּר אוֹמֵר: הַקִּנְאָה וְהַתַּאֲוָה וְהַכָּבוֹד מוֹצִיאִין אֶת הָאָדָם מִן הָעוֹלָם.

The Mishnah in Avos says, ‘jealousy, lust and (the pursuit of) honour remove a person from this world.’ In this week’s parsah we read the Aseres HaDibros, the last of which is Lo Sachmod, do not covet, i.e. no not be jealous of your neighbour for anything that he posses. Being jealously of your friend’s 50p watch when you could easily acquire one for yourself may very well be a negative midda but it will not come under Lo Sachmod. Jealously for the purpose of this prohibition is coveting those objects which are beyond the grasp of the person. Rabbeinu Bechaye in Kad haKemach says an incredible statement, that this prohibition of jealously by being listed as the last mitzvah in the Aseres haDibros comes to reveal that it is equivalent to all those that proceed it.

 

Rabbeinu Bechaye brings the initial sin of Adam and Chavah as explanation of his statement. Rashi says that when the Torah tells us that Chava gave her husband to eat that she was not content to partake of the food on her own as she feared that she would die leaving her husband alive to remarry.

 

Rav Levenstein in Ohr Yechezkel points out that it wasn’t the fear of her own death which lead to the continuation of her sin but rather the fear that some unknown person would enjoy her husband’s company after her, and this according to Rav Levenstein was too much to bear.

We see that not only is the link now made back into our Mishnah between jealously and death but also that Rabbeinu Bechaye’s message is teaching us that the effects of jealously on a person can poison a person to the extent that they find themselves on a path in which there is no return and then ultimately violate every other commandment.

A person that covets in his heart is really turning around to the Ribbono Shel Olam and saying You got it wrong! I should have had that job, that car! G-d you got it wrong. And what is more if I cannot have it he certainly shouldn’t.

This is why according to the Midrash Tanchuma that HaShem’s name isn’t in the last 5 of the Aseres HaDibros, because HaShem doesn’t want to be associated with murderers, thieves and people who are jealous. Thankfull Meam Lo’ez gives us the antidote to this poison of jealously. He states that the very symbolism of why Sivan was chosen as the month of Torah comes to teach a person how not to be jealous.

 

The mazal for Sivan is Gemini, the twins. The message is clear to all those that wish to see it that in order for Torah to be sustainable Klal Yisroel need to become like twins. Where there is such a love for each other, such a partnership of personalities that each other rejoice at news of the other’s gain.

When Klal Yisroel are twins to one another then there is no jealously and Klal Yisroel can avoid the slippery slope to negating all the other mitzvos.

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