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Shabbat Parashat Lech Lecha | 5769
“The Woman Was Taken to Paroh’s House” – Up or Down?
Parashat HaShavuahHarav Yosef Carmel
The moral implications of Avraham’s descent to
We will try to chart a course between the extreme positions above. We have explained that the patriarchs were not just heads of a family but were “political” heads of a large constituency of many thousands. Avraham’s followers converted to belief in monotheism. He negotiated and interacted on high levels with local kings and superpowers and led his followers to victory in battle over major armies.
Throughout Tanach, the following assumption appears in the background of stories. Marriage between monarchal families was used to forge ties between kingdoms. The more powerful side often took the daughter of the weaker king. This is behind Shlomo’s marrying of Paroh’s daughter and the midrash that Avraham’s servant/concubine, Hagar, was Paroh’s daughter. (See also Daniel 11:6.)
Avraham referred to Sarah as achoti, which usually means a biological sister. However, we find that an achot can refer to a more intimate male-female relationship (see Shir Hashirim ). Some scholars have claimed that Sarah’s transition from Avraham’s wife to his achot indicates a divorce of sorts. (The Mishneh Halachot (VI, 263) independently cites from the Gaon of Ostravska that Avraham had indeed formally divorced Sarah so as not to cause her and Paroh to violate adultery.)
Avraham was forced by famine to bring his group to
Let us pray that the world will understand that the real dominion is Hashem’s and all will want to attach themselves to His Kingdom.
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