Last Sunday, Rabbi Nicki Greninger and I gathered with thirty members of Temple Isaiah and explored some of the theory and tools of feminist reading practices. At the heart of our inquiry was the question: How do we relate to a text written by and for men, in ways that often diminish women’s full humanity?
Abraham ibn Ezra offers a beautiful paraphrase of Moses’ final blessing for the Israelites as a whole – and perhaps for us.
God lays out blessings and curses as consequences of covenant. There are more curses than blessings, but Ibn Ezra says the opposite is true.
Isaac offers apparently prophetic blessing to Jacob, who he thinks is Esau, and then to Esau when the latter cries. How could blessing flow from deceit?