Commandments and Market Forces Parashat Bo

Rabbi Matai interprets the phenomenon of redemption not as involving a relationship between God and the nation, nor in terms of a conjugal relationship, but rather as an economic process.

Using a sophisticated parable, the prophet Ezekiel depicts events that will unfold in Jerusalem. He describes the city as an infant born to an Amorite father and a Hittite mother, who has been abandoned in a field. God sees the baby girl lying there: "And when I passed by thee, and saw thee wallowing in thy blood, I said unto thee: In thy blood, live; yea, I said unto thee: In thy blood, live" (Ezekiel...