Monday, July 25, 2011

The Wile of Women Produces Moshiach

At practically every juncture along the trail of sexual encounters that contributed seed to form the required genome from which the dynasty of Moshiach would propagate, man succumbed to manipulation by a woman. In most these conjugations, the man was duped or had no clear picture of what was happening, whereas the woman knew exactly what she was doing.

Another striking feature of these encounters is that despite the specter of their unholy alliances, the holiest of all men will have been thereby brought to fruition. This is discussed elsewhere.

The union between Yehuda and Tamar yielded Peretz, a forebear of Moshiach. Tamar, frustrated by Yehuda's empty promise, takes the matter into her own hands. She dresses promiscuously and beguiles Yehuda, who does not recognize his daughter-in-law. Thereafter she prepares to sacrifice her life, and that of the child in her womb, to prevent insult to Yehuda. Yehuda then openly admits his shortfall and saves her life.

Boaz was the most respected, righteous elder of the House of Yehuda. He was 400 years old. He had the Sanhedrin sit in judgement to decide if he can marry Rut. They ruled on whether a Moabite can convert to Judaism. They declared: "A Moabite man - NO; A Moabite woman - Yes". On the given night, Boaz was sleeping in the shed of his field. Rut sneaked in and laid down next to his feet. He awoke in unexpected dread, but consummated his marriage there. (Boaz passed away the day after, leaving the Sanhedrin in consternation, on whether or not they issued the correct verdict in the Boaz case. This kernel of doubt will later play havoc in Yishai's mind.)

Yishai, the grandson of Boaz, was also recognized as a most righteous elder in the House of Yehuda. He fathered 7 sons, when suddenly a "screw came loose" in his mind. In concern for his righteous wife, he suddenly felt he might be doing her a disservice by remaining married to her because maybe, in fact, he wasn't even Jewish. Maybe the Sanhedrin erred when they made the ruling in his grandfather's case. So he separated from his wife. Then, in another quirk of psychology, he desired his Gentile maidservant. This maidservant, however, loyal to Yishai's wife, alerted her to their rendezvous. Then the two women pulled off what Rachel and Leah pulled off the night Leah married Yakov. That night Yishai laid with his wife, and not with his maidservant, of which he was totally unaware.

The unions between Lot and his two daughters also were orchestrated by the girls, leaving their father totally oblivious to what had happened. They figured the overturning of Sodom and Gemorah they just witnessed, with the resulting inferno, was a repetition of what G-d did to the world 10 generations earlier, when the entire world was obliterated by the Great Flood; Only this time G-d chose a fiery end, they thought. They figured they were the world's only survivors, so they desired to reproduce from the seed of their father.

Even before the seed of Peretz was created, the Jewish lineage also involved crucial encounters between husband and wife, where the man was manipulated or overruled by his wife. In the case of Yakov, he was duped by Leah and Rachel into thinking he was marrying Rachel, when, in fact, he slept with Leah (who will become the mother of Yehuda).

In the case of Isaac, his wife Rivkah fooled him by dressing her son to resemble Esav, so Yakov should receive Isaac's blessings rather than Esav.

Sarah, the first Jewess, the wife of Abraham, the first Jew, despised Abraham's son, Yishmael. She told Abraham to chase him away because she wanted her son, Isaac, to be heir to Abraham's legacy. This did not sit well with Abraham who loved Yishmael, but then came the command of G-d to Abraham, "Everything your wife Sarah tells you to do - obey her!" (Gen. 21:12)

In fact, the very first couple on earth, Adam and Eve, also featured a grand act of deception. Eve, knowing they mustn't eat from the Tree of Good and Bad, gave Adam to eat despite the prohibition by G-d. She fell prey to the snake's guile. This couple may not be considered "Jewish" in the formal sense but because they had all-inclusive, collective souls, they certainly contained the Jewish element as well. The snake had been their downfall, and the snake's deed will have had to be rectified throughout the following generations by producing the seed of Moshiach - by the wile of women - as a countermeasure to the snake who overwhelmed Eve. ("Moshiach" has the same gematria as "snake")

Not only are these critical junctures moments that define future outcomes by female dominance, it may well define the very fabric built into Judaism, casting its destiny to rectify the original sin. This pattern will boldly stand out during the times of Moshiach, when, as Jeremiah depicts, "the woman will spin the man" (Jer. 31:21). King Moshiach will be the most humble of men, in part because he will know full well he wears his crown in ancestral tribute to the women who outmaneuvered their men at decisive junctures.

5 comments:

  1. Excellent and concise.

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  2. Boaz did not consummate that night. Check the Megillah. He MARRIED her the NEXT day and then consummated. That night after consummation he died.

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  3. Thanks Leah.
    Yaakov, it's how I recollect what long ago passed me by. But your version makes no sense - at all - because why would she sneak at night into his quarters when the consummation occurred the next night?!

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  4. In the vanguard:
    Read Meam Loez, or any of the Midrashic books on the subject. As the Gemmorah indicates that although marriage can be transacted via relations and not ring/canopy it is not the 'Jewish' way. Ruth was following her mother-in-law's dictates which was to go to him at night and ask him to REDEEM her. In other words to purchase the field. The transaction was under the Mitzvah of Yibum. Furthermore, as the actual wording of the Megillah Rush says BOAZ himself explains -- wait the night as there is a CLOSER redeemer with 'first right'. Piloni Almoni (John Doe) refused in the morning and immediately Boaz married Ruth. It is totally incorrect to assume they had relations prior to the completion of the biblical ceremony of yibum via marriage. Look at the wording of the Megillah itself.

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  5. Thanks Yaakov, I'll look into it. What you say makes sense.

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