When the Torah lists all the family names, it mentions the Azni family and the Etzbon family, Rashi says they’re really the same family. What is the Torah teaching us by interchanging these last names?
If you’re reading our Parsha this week, you’re probably cruising right through the part where we talk about the families and the names of each of the families of the Jewish nation. But Rashi stops us and he says, by the way, the Azni family and the Etzbon family that are listed, they’re really one and the same, I don’t know why we mentioned them separately, but they’re really one and the same. What does that mean? What is a Torah trying to tell us by interchanging these last names?
So the Shla HaKadosh explains that these aren’t random names and the Torah didn’t randomly interchange them. The word Azni, the family name Azni, comes from the Hebrew word ozen, which means ear, and the family name Etzbon comes from the Hebrew word etzba, which means finger. And the Torah here is telling us a subliminal message which the Gomorrah teaches us as well. And that is that Hashem created the fingers and designed them in a way that they fit perfectly in our ears in order to stop ourselves from hearing lashon hara. And that is the message that the Torah is teaching us by interchanging the family names Ozni and Etzbon.
So to be practical, that means for you people that are wearing your earbuds all day in the shower, to bed, everywhere. Yes, that means take them out, not just one like you do when you talk to some people, both of them out and put your fingers in to stop yourself from hearing lashon hara, or change the topic, or leave the conversation, whatever you do, it’s in your control, not to hear lashon hara.
But there’s also another point here which I’d like to mention, and that is that just like the solution for not hearing lashon hara, Hashem already designed us with a solution in our fingers, the same is true for any problem that we’re facing. Hashem already gave us the tools to make it through and to get past that problem. And sometimes that solution is right in our hands.
Have a great Shabbos.
Avraham Kohn produces marketing videos for companies and organizations, helping them make money.