Do not let a eunuch marry into the Covenant people

The Literal Commandment

No one who is emasculated or has his male organ cut off shall enter the assembly of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 23:1)

 

The literal commandment is that we should not allow a man who is emasculated or has his male organ cut off to enter the assembly of the LORD.

 

Messiah Says

Messiah implicitly affirmed this commandment when He spoke about the Law:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

 

Pictures of Messiah

This commandment provides the picture that only a whole man— a complete man— would be able to serve G-d's chosen people. Messiah was that ultimately complete man: physically, spiritually, emotionally. He was complete, mature, and sinless. He was the spotless and unblemished lamb.

 

How Messiah Fulfilled

We have no record of whether or not Messiah prevented a eunuch from marrying into the Jewish people.

 

Traditional Observance

The traditional observance of this commandment is that Jewish women are not permitted to marry eunuchs or emasculated men and remain part of the Jewish community.

 

Other Notes

The "assembly" in this case could either mean the multi-million-person nation or it could refer to the smaller assembly of the leadership council representing the families and tribes of the nation. We believe it refers to the council.

 

We are able to fulfill this commandment today and we should not allow eunuchs or emasculated men to enter into the leadership councils of the people of G-d.

 

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Commandment Details

  • Mishneh Torah # 167
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 5
  • Mishneh Torah Book Holiness
  • Mishneh Torah Category 25- Forbidden Sexual Relations
  • Reference Deuteronomy 23:1
  • Scripture Book Deuteronomy
  • Chapter 23
  • Verse 1
  • English No one who is emasculated or has his male organ cut off shall enter the assembly of the LORD.
  • Hebrew ב לֹא-יָבֹא פְצוּעַ-דַּכָּא וּכְרוּת שָׁפְכָה, בִּקְהַל יְהוָה. {ס}
  • Greek (23:2) Οὐκ εἰσελεύσεται θλαδίας καὶ ἀποκεκομμένος εἰς ἐκκλησίαν κυρίου.
  • Parashah 49- Ki Tetze
  • Positive/Negative Negative
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 559
  • Sef. Hach. Command That an emasculated man is not to take an Israelite woman in marriage
  • Category Marriage and Family
  • We can fullfill today Yes

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