Take from among You a Donation, and Not from the Mixed Multitude

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471) In the beginning, it is written, “From every man whose heart moves him you shall take My donation.” Everything is included, even the mixed multitude. Because the mixed multitude made the calf and those among them who died, died, the Creator wanted to make a conciliation with Israel, He told them: “Join all of you to one side,” as it is written, “And Moses assembled all the congregation of the children of Israel,” themselves. He told them, “My sons, I want to be in you, My tabernacle will be with you.” This is why it is written, “Take from among you a donation.” From among you and not from another. “I do not want others to have a connection with Me or with you,” which is why all the mixed multitude were destroyed.

Here, too, they were from the same evil kind, as it is written, “And the dead by the plague.” They were from the mixed multitude who married in the tribe of Shimon. The dead from before are certainly dead; they are the mixed multitude, who are called “dead” even in their lives, and not from Israel. This is why he counted them, as it is written, “Take the head of the whole of the congregation of Israel,” meaning pick up their heads.

472) But it is written, “And Israel joined himself to the Baal of Peor.” Israel joined the Baal of Peor as a bracelet that is attached to a person in his adornments. This is how Israel connected to the Baal of Peor. Thus, did Israel also sin and not only the mixed multitude? So it is, “And Israel joined himself to the Baal of Peor,” for Israel were not pure of that sin, but were purified from death, meaning that death was not over them.

473) It is written, “Take all the heads of the people and hang them.” This means that they were Israel. The heads of the people are certainly the mixed multitude, who are called people, simply. It is not written, “The leaders of the children of Israel.” Wherever it is written, “people,” it is the mixed multitude, as it is written, “And the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mount, and the people gathered.” It is also written, “and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men”; all those were the mixed multitude.

It is written, “And Israel joined himself unto the Baal of Peor.” However, they did not worship the Baal of Peor, which is implied at the end of the text, “and the people ate, and bowed down.” But it is not written, “And Israel ate and bowed down,” but it is written, “the people.” And because it is written, “And Israel joined himself,” what is, “And the people ate”? It should have written, “And Israel ate.” However, that same evil seed, the mixed multitude that the women of Israel were carrying, were the sin of Israel.

474) It is written, “And Israel joined himself unto the Baal of Peor.” “To the Baal of Peor” because all they gave to the Baal of Peor was adornment and power, without knowledge, since the work of Peor was to dishevel himself and emit before him boiling feces. That work was enjoyable to him and made him stronger.

When Israel saw it, they thought that they were despising him by that, and ruining him, because it is written with regard to idol worship, Tze [go out], tell him,” which is from the word Tzoah [feces]. And because of the disgrace of idol worship, Israel disheveled themselves unknowingly. Pinhas atoned for those and removed the plague from them, as it is written, “And [Pinhas] made atonement for the children of Israel.”

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