Monday, December 14, 2009

So much for "yeridat ha-dorot"

I don't know whether the concept of "the decline of the generations" applies to the Torah shehBi-Ch'tav/Written Torah (Pentateuch) itself or just to the rabbinic writings, but it certainly won't help us with the story of Yosef/Joseph. First, Yaakov/Jacob gives Yosef, his second-youngest child, the multicolored cloak indicating future family leadership. Then, he doesn't stop the young braggart from mouthing off to his brothers about his dreams. Yaakov has no more common sense as a parent than we modern parents have.


Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

Hey he had 12 sons and they all stayed observant, even though they had a rather weak grasp of the mitzvot between man and man (like not selling your brother into slavery, not patronizing prostitutes, avoiding mass murder, etc.). Sounds like the contemporary ideal to me!

Mon Dec 14, 04:29:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Let's just say that we Heebs have a rather, um, interesting set of role models.

Mon Dec 14, 05:22:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Tevel said...

But they're not role models. They're wonderfully flawed human beings. =D

Tue Dec 15, 12:06:00 AM 2009  
Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

Tevel: I think they are both. The point in showing us their flaws is to teach us that just as we share their flaws so too can we share their greatness.

Tue Dec 15, 08:06:00 AM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Nice "drash"(?) (interpretation), Larry.

Tue Dec 15, 08:40:00 AM 2009  

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