Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The story of Bereishis is the story of the failure of oldest sons. Yishmael and Esav are bad guys. Reuvain sleeps with his step-mother. Efraim is favored over Menasheh. Then in Shemos, the ultimate punishment is the killing of the first-born sons. Who resents first-born sons that much? You'd think all this was written by a second-born son who'd been abandoned by his mother as an infant or something.

1 Comments:

Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Just remember, in the Torah itself (=peshat) Yishma‘eil and ‘Eisav aren't actually such bad guys...

6:09 AM  

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