Women in a men's world / Parashat Shemot
In view of the absence of properly functioning males among the Israelites, the role of Israelite women is amplified.
"And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying: 'Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive'" (Exodus 1:22 ). Rashi explains the significance of this distinction: "He wanted to kill only the males, because his astrologers told him that a male child [from among the Children of Israel] would one day be born and would rescue them from their plight"...
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