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  •  At the beginning of last week's parshah (2+ / 0-)
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    mayim, whaddaya

    Abraham ate yogurt and veal together, an absolute no no in rabbinical Judaism.  And worst of all he put Isaac through the worst possible psychological trauma.  The next you hear from his mom is the beginning of this week's parshah, Sarah dies, and there is a midrash that she died from shock when she learned that her husband almost murdered their son.

    Genesis details the lives of six generations of highly dysfunctional families:  To go by their male heads:  Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's sons.   I think these ancient tales teach us how not to be a dad or mom or sibling.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 03:53:47 PM PDT

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    •  I suspect that "dysfunctional" doesn't touch it! (1+ / 0-)
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      Navy Vet Terp

      So, not only does Avraham almost kill Isacc, but also he manages to kill his wife from shock at what he's done. And, then he takes up with Hagar again.

      You know, when I went to Sunday school way back then, they left out all the good stuff. Ya know, this story would make a great film--by DeMille with Charlton Heston no less. Whaddaya ;-)

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