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  •  found it online the day of the discussion, but (1+ / 0-)
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    i'm now using a different browser and have no sources of commentary bookmarked here.  

    as i recall, i followed someone's suggestion to google the parsha, and some time after the discussion i finally got to a tabs/link i'd opened but hadn't read, and there were a couple of lines about that reason. so i thought, oh okay i see how that would work.

    funny i thought there were 3 daughters instead of 5.  i don't remember at all which parsha it was in.  i'm now wondering sort of where was the girls' mother and what was a wife's automatic right of inheritance if any.   but if ordinary folk (i.e., not the legendary ones like Moses et al) were only living 35 or 40 years tops 2 & 3 millenia ago, the daughters/sisters could easily be left with no parent at all.  so the question of their mother's right to inherit anything from their deceased father would not arise unless she had not been an ordinary person.  she's not mentioned at all, i think, so she must've been ordinary and therefore not worth mention.   from the point of view of the writers at that time.

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