Parashat Hayei Sarah / Measure for Measure

Jephthah's story is the only one that ends as it is meant to end: with an unfair response to an unfair demand. His narrative suits the tastes of the sages; it is organized more reasonably and is, to their minds, a moral tale.

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Abraham sends his servant Eliezer to his homeland, Aram Naharaim, in order to find a wife for his son Isaac. When Eliezer arrives, settling his camels by a well, he presents God with the following condition:...