Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Yehudah comes full circle

First, Yehudah/Judah suggests selling Yosef/Joseph into slavery.  Okay, at least that's a logical part of the story.  But how does the incident with Tamar fit in?

In "Choice and Change," a d'var Torah (word of Torah) that I read this past Shabbat/Sabbath, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explained that the incident with Tamar showed Yehudah to be the first person in the Torah to do t'shuvah/repent.  That's the best explanation I've ever read.

And it ties in with the end of the story arc:  First, Yehudah sells his brother into slavery, then he volunteers to become a slave himself to spare another brother.  T'shuvah, Take 2.


Anonymous Mighty Garnel Ironheart said...

> Tamar showed Yehudah to be the first person in the Torah to do t'shuvah/repent.

Some people think Kayin was the 1st person to do teshuva though.

Thu Dec 27, 01:37:00 PM 2012  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

B'reshit/Genesis, chapter 4:

13 And Cain said unto the LORD: 'My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14 Behold, Thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the land; and from Thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth; and it will come to pass, that whosoever findeth me will slay me.'"

Where does Kayin actually say that he's sorry? In my opinion, Garnel, Kayin's plea indicates fear, not penitence.

Thu Dec 27, 04:12:00 PM 2012  

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