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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Rivka, a Woman with a History

[for LRH, as thanks for pointing out that we should all aspire to be Ba'alei Teshuva]

Rivka, the sister of Lavan the Liar, was the first Ba'alat Teshuva1. In the whole of the Torah, there is only one sentence of dialouge between her and Yitzchak recorded
My life is a misery because of the daughters of Chet [that Eisav married]. If Ya'akov marries a woman from the daughter of Chet like these........... What reason will I have to live?! [breishit 26:46]
and it's a deception. Rivka is not worried about her son, Ya'akov, marrying some strange woman, she's saving one son from being murdered and the other from becoming a murderer.

Why is one son trying to kill the other? because she compelled Ya'akov to decieve his father and take the brachot. another deception.

Why Ya'akov? because when she was pregnant, she went, not to her husband, Yitzchak, the greatest man of his generation, not to her father-in-law, Avraham, the first and founder of the Jewish people, but to Shem and Ever and found out that
there are two nations............. and the elder will serve the younger
Rivka came to Avraham's family with a history, a very heavy history, her father was a would-be murderer and her brother, in his very blessing
You should have thousands, myriads of children,......just like us [Lavan]
forced her to struggle for ten years to overcome and still she had an Eisav.

but she replaced Sarah, anyway, because, she ran to do the ordinary kindnesses, just like her father-in-law and gave some strange man a drink.

and then she took all the decitfullness, all the lies, and the deception that she learnt in her father's house and used it the right way.

Rivka the girl who ran to water a thirsty animal,
is the same Rivka who defied her family and announced that she was going to Yitzchak, with or without consent,
is the same Rivka who went to 'inquire from G-d' about the children in her womb,
is the same Rivka who loved her son Ya'akov unconditionally
is the same Rivka who saw that her other son had gone a long way from the path of supporter and protector that his father chose for him.
is the same Rivka who took on even the very real threat of Yitzchak's curse to insure that Ya'akov got both blessings that he would need.
is the same Rivka who confronted with a choice between her two sons, sends away the one she loves, the one who is the embodiment of the ideals that she persued her entire life and keeps at home the one, so like her brother, that traps with his mouth in hopes of somehow, someway redeeming him.

is the same Rivka, sister of Lavan the Arami.

is the same Rivka in the blessing whispered over our daughters heads, every shabbat night.

1 In our modern usage of someone who returns later in life, the one who actually described as the first ba'al teshuva is Yehuda, the father of all kings, which is an interesting thougt for another time

7 Comments:

  • "but she replaced Sarah, anyway, because, she ran to do the ordinary kindnesses, just like her father-in-law and gave some strange man a drink"


    Great Post! the only thing that makes me sad is that my most recent ex-boyfriend that I still adore's girlfriend is Rivky and mine is Sara. Other wise great work (and I love it that you use quotes!)

    By Blogger Littleredridinghoodie, at 9:32 PM, November 23, 2005  

  • If you like I can write one about Sarah, too.

    Title:
    Sarah, a woman who created history?

    By Blogger Masmida, at 9:41 PM, November 23, 2005  

  • Lol, it's ok but you are a sweetheart.

    In our modern usage of someone who returns later in life, the one who actually described as the first ba'al teshuva is Yehuda, the father of all kings, which is an interesting thougt for another time.

    I prefer to use the terminology of Tinok she Nishba in regards to Rivka Emaynu or anyone who is a "Tzadik/Tzadeket Ben/Bat Rasha" and Chozer betshuva for anyone that was raised frum and comes back. The term bal Teshuva is what we all should be regardless of our fathers we say it in our prayers daily - Hashiveinu in s"e, vhashevot levavecha in Aleinu, etc.

    By Blogger Littleredridinghoodie, at 10:24 PM, November 23, 2005  

  • to quote my wise and wonderful mother who can find the spark of goodness inside the two year taking apart her kitchen

    "Just love people."

    words. words. words. are often merely that.

    By Blogger Masmida, at 1:59 PM, November 24, 2005  

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    By Blogger Littleredridinghoodie, at 3:11 PM, November 24, 2005  

  • Your mother sounds like a great woman I wish everyone felt that way! I can't count the times I have hurt those that love me unintentionally with words...

    Death Becomes Her

    Six by three lights are out
    All alone dare not shout
    Under covers
    Dark by day
    Nerves are shot
    Too cold to play
    Stabbed by words
    Laying low
    Can not bleed
    Tag my toe
    Bed's my plot
    Sans the maggot

    By Blogger Littleredridinghoodie, at 3:13 PM, November 24, 2005  

  • > I can't count the times I have hurt those that love me unintentionally with words...

    I know but you have to forgive yourself and keep trying

    By Blogger Masmida, at 3:18 PM, November 24, 2005  

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