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Judah: A Perplexing Character?
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We're going to sort of extend this all and just think about it. In the story of Yaakov and Eisav, of course Yaakov tricks Eisav and tricks Yitzchak. So there's a father tricked by who? By children - in this case Yaakov. In a story involving a goat - remember Yaakov goes and he actually kills a goat and presents it actually to his father, just like in these other stories. And there was a man who lost a coat, in that case it was actually Eisav, because Yaakov dresses up in Eisav's coats, and in this goats and coats story presents himself as a Bechor. The father in a sense is actually losing a murky firstborn. The question of course is who is the real firstborn? Is it Eisav? Eisav is the biological firstborn, but the question is maybe Yaakov is the firstborn? Yaakov bought the right of the firstborn from Eisav when he was - earlier, so some question. Father thinks that Eisav is the firstborn but Yaakov thinks that he is the firstborn. Again, children disagreeing with their parents about who the real firstborn is in story number one, in story number two and perhaps in story number three. Who is the real firstborn? Does father really know who the real firstborn is?
Of course in all of these stories, including the first one, the coat is presented to the father for recognition, and we have, interestingly enough, this very same language; Zot matzanu haker nah, slightly different so it doesn't show up in our list, it's not the exact same words; Haker nah. But the roots are there. Let's take a look. Over here, sale of Yosef, remember? There's Haker Nah. Can you find anything in the Yaakov and Eisav story that reminds you of Haker Nah? The answer is you can, it's right over here. When Yitzchak did not recognize his son, the language was; V'loh hikiro - he did not recognize him. Same language. Haker nah - children to father, do you recognize please? Children tricking father. Father can't recognize; V'loh hikiro - he didn't in fact recognize it. So father can't recognize through the deception here, and father can't recognize through the deception here. He recognizes the coat but of course he's being deceived.
And by the way, it's not just Haker Nah but it's the twin of Haker Nah also. Remember, Haker Nah got paired with Zot Matzanu - can you find the Zot Matzanu over here in the Yaakov and Eisav story? This we found - is there any finding in the story of Yaakov and Eisav that gets paired right before Hikiro? The answer is there is, it's right over here. Yitzchak to Yaakov - remember Yitzchak had sent out Eisav to go hunting for him and in pops Yaakov representing himself as Eisav, but he's there too soon. So Yitzchak says to his son; Mah zeh miharta limtzo beni - gee, how did you come back from the hunt this quickly? But this word; Limtzo - how did you find it so quickly, evokes this; Zot matzanu - this we found; Haker nah. Finding and recognize, both in the context of a deception perpetrated by a son upon an unwitting father. A father who can't really see correctly. In this case the father is blind, in this case the father is unable to see what really happened to his son, the one he thinks is his Bechor.
So fascinating, all three of these factors are reappearing in all three of these chapters of tales of goats and coats. Yaakov and Eisav, the sale of Yosef, and now Yehuda and Tamar.
But wait, there's actually more, there's more of course. Because Chapter 38 does not just connect with these stories, it also connects to what comes after it, what about Yehuda and Tamar reminds you of the story of Yosef and the wife of Potiphar? Take a quick look at Chapter 39 and see what you think.
1. Introduction to Yehudah and Tamar
2. Kinds of Questions
3. A Question of Placement
4. A Tale of Two Digressions
5. Does Rashi Answer The Question?
6. Are We Explaining One Sentence or a Whole Story?
7. A Triangle of Descent
8. The Unexpected Element
9. Perpetual Mourning
10. Failure to Persuade
11. Patchwork Quilt
13. Lest it Come to Scandal
14. Recognize, Please..
15. Tales of Goats and Coats
16. Keepsake or Evidence?
18. How Many--and Why?
19. What's At Stake?
20. Yehudah's Name
22. Superfluous Details
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