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"Bridegroom of Blood"

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Rabbi Jonathan Blass

2 Shevat 5764
Question
What is the traditional rabbinic understanding of Zipporah’s statement about a "bridegroom of blood"?
Answer
As Rashi explains- Zipporah was referring to the fact that the life of her husband- Moshe- was endangered by his delaying the Brit Milah of his son. Why Moshe delayed the circumcision and why his reasons were not accepted by G-d is dealt with by the commentators as well.
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