Why is this, that you ask my name?

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  1. RAM says:

    Without some mission, why would this angel exist? If the angel did have a mission, would he be unable to describe it?

    • micha says:

      As an angel, he is defined by his mission. Two missions – two angels. Zero missions, zero angels. That’s the whole reason why an angel’s name and their Mission Statement are the same thing.

      I was trying to say that the angel accurately described the mission of trying to get people to ignore the whole subject of pursuing missions. His mission is “what is this, *you* asking me about my name / mission?”

      • RAM says:

        Is this angel’s mission really any different from the known missions of the Satan and the Yetzer HaRa? What about Amalek’s obsession with wiping us out physically?

        • micha says:

          No, it’s really not that different. But that’s not a bug, it’s a feature. Chazal conflate “saro shel Eisav” with Samael and the satan often enough. Eg the Tanchuma on our pasuq reads:

          ויאבק איש עמו, ×–×” סמאל שרו של עשו שבקש להרגו, שנאמר וירא ×›×™ לא יכול לו…

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