Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A politically-conscious friend looks at Lech L'cha

Here's an overview of Parshat Lech L'cha.

I've often said that Hagar was one of the first surrogate mothers on record.

But a more politically-conscious friend of mine pointed out something frankly offensive:  Hagar was sex-trafficked by Sarai.


Read for yourself--at no point in the text is Hagar ever asked for her consent.

As if it wasn't bad enough that Sarai was sex-trafficked by Avram.  Yes, she was asked, but whether she was actually free to say no is an interesting question, and it's clear from the text that Avram benefited financially from Sarai's time in the house of Pharoah.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give me a break. you can't look at events from 3000 years ago with a 2018 mentality.

And no, Sarai was not sex-trafficked. She was kidnapped but was not raped according to the text.

Do you even like Judaism? You sure don't seem to.

Thu Oct 25, 10:01:00 AM 2018  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

The text is actually not clear at all with regard to whether or not the Pharoah of that era had sex with Sarai.

Do I even like Judaism? Sure. It's great for agreeing to disagree. :)

Sun Oct 28, 12:52:00 AM 2018  

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