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The book of Genesis tells tale after tale of fraternal relationships gone awry. We begin with the worst case scenario: Cain kills Abel. Then Sarah becomes incensed when Ishmael is playing with Isaac, and he is banished; they reunite only for their father's funeral. Then Jacob buys Esau's birthright and acquires Esau's blessing, they enjoy one reunion, and don't see each other again until they must bury Isaac. Finally we have Joseph and his brothers - who sell Joseph into slavery. In this case, the entire family is reunited, everyone hugs and cries, Jacob and Joseph are gathered to their kin and חזק חזק ונתחזק.

There is a progress, of sorts, through Genesis; each fraternal conflict has a successively better outcome, but it is in Exodus that we finally see siblings dwelling together, by and large, in peace. I'm speaking of Amram's kids - Miriam, Moses, and Aaron.
Read the rest at The Reform Baal T'shuvah

Date: 2009-03-23 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"There is a progress, of sorts, through Genesis; each fraternal conflict has a successively better outcome"

Indeed, I would hope there is ultimately 'positive' progress, especially considering those deplorable situations you note.

Date: 2009-03-23 06:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought that you had summarized it here, but I came back and did follow the link. Interesting paragraph.. rather profound. Is your LJ posting to say then that you agree with the reform philosophy?

Date: 2009-03-23 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Please translate the three Hebrew words in your post. Come to think of it, it must be really awkward to have to switch reading direction on the line.

Date: 2009-03-25 01:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cellio
Good insight. Thank you for sharing.

As the torah continues we move from family unity to klal, the whole community. The klal has its own infighting yet to come, but enters the land together in the end.

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