VAYISHLACH (Genesis, 32:4-36:43) — “The Inferior Decorator”, or, “Stay Out Of My Bedroom!”

… To Reuben, such action was unacceptable. He would not stand by silently and watch his mother play second fiddle to her sister’s maid! … In describing what Reuben did, the Torah writes: …vayishkav es Bilhah pilegesh aviv…

… a painfully literal reading of the text gives us an additional insight. The actual translation implies that Reuben had committed adultery with his father’s wife!

…No, it wasn’t adultery.  But, in a sense, it was close…  It was repulsive.   It was wrong…

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Additional messages from previous years:

“Straight Pins and Paszkes” (2009)

 “Way to Go, Joe! (Lieberman)” (2003)

“All or Nothing?”  (2001)

“Name that Angel” (2000)

Published in: on December 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

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