Monday, November 08, 2010

Parshat Toldot & Haftarat Machar Chodesh

Quick thoughts:
  • Parshat Toldot

Genesis Chapter 26

5 because that Abraham hearkened to My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.'

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What commandments, statutes, and laws? As best I recollect, the only laws that had already been given were "p'ru u-r'vu, be fruitful and multiply," and the law of circumcision.

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I'm guessing that it's from this verse that the rabbis derived the highly-anachronistic notion that the Avot and Imahot (Patriarchs and Matriarchs) knew of and obeyed all of Jewish law, even thought it wouldn't be given until after the Exodus.

  • Haftarah Machar Chodesh

1 Samuel 20:18–42

41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the South, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed down three times; and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded."

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Before we get all excited about David having loved Jonathan more or having been the better person, I think we might wish to consider the possibility that David cried longer because he'd just been told to run for his life.

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See also Parshat Toldot links.


Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

"What commandments, statutes, and laws?"

Leave Home.
Circumcise your household.
Listen to your wife (Banish Ishmael).
Sacrifice Your son.
No! Wait! Don't do that last one!

Tue Nov 09, 02:53:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Okay, Avraham "hearkened to [HaShem's] voice, all right, but, aside from the "circumcise your household" part, I don't think that any of those count as mitzvot/commandments.

Tue Nov 09, 04:30:00 PM 2010  

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