The donkey and the lamb

15/01/2016 13:51

The donkey and the lamb


“Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck; and you shall redeem all the firstborn of man among your sons.”

Exodus 13:13


“The donkey and the lamb symbolize the evil and the good inclinations. The very evil can be turned into good by repentance: the “donkey” must be redeemed by a “lamb”. In other words, even if a man is an “donkey”, a spiritual ignoramus, he can be redeemed from the exile of darkness and be included in the redemption of Israel, “the scattered sheep” (Jer. 50:17). But if he does not repent, ‘thou shalt break his neck’, meaning, he belongs to the stiffnecked ones who will be blotted out from the Book of Life, for concerning such unrepentant sinners it is written: ‘Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book’ (Ex. XXII, 33).”

Zohar, Ra’aya Mehemna, 43a, Soncino Press Edition


"Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"

Yochanan/John 1:29




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