A double-edged blade / Parashat Vayishlach
This time, circumcision does not constitute a way of marking oneself so as to forge a connection with God; instead, it serves as a preparatory stage for the murder of the Other, the stranger, who seeks to join the family.
Up until now, the Torah has not referred to even one woman who was born within Abraham’s family. One gets the impression that it is perfectly natural that only males are born into that family, while females are “imported” from outside. Moreover, it seems to be preferable for the “imports” to come from within Abraham’s extended family. Rebecca, Leah and Rachel come from Haran and are...
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