Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Noach: Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky - Murder Can't Be Left To The Human Mind

The Torah warns us (Noach 9:6) that someone who spills the blood of another human, should be killed.  Why?  The Torah continues, "Ki Btzelem Elokim Asah Es HaAdam; Because in the image of Hashem man was made."  Killing a person is tantamount to destroying the image of Hashem Himself.

"This is an amazing thing," notes Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky.  "Murder is the most heinous crime known to man of any persuasion.  Why does the Torah need to give a reason that you are destroying a Tzelem Elokim?  Do we need to be so philosophical about forbidding such an act that even the most  corrupt mind can comprehend on it own?"

"Indeed," says Rav Yaakov. "left to human logic and barest morality, people will murder.  They will surely come up with reasons and justifications for why this is different.  The Torah needed to give us a reason that stands beyond human reproach, it is laying a hand on the image of Hashem for which there is no excuse.  From here we see," says Rav Yaakov, "that without Yiras Shamayim nothing is sacred and nothing will escape the corruption and perversion of human logic."