Shabbat Ki Taytzay (Deut. 21:10-25:19)
This week Moses continues his detailing of the laws, and one caught my eye this year:
(21:15-17) If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him sons, but the first-born is the son of the unloved one — when he wills his property to his sons, he may not treat as first-born the son of the loved one in disregard of the son of the unloved one who is older. Instead, he must accept the first-born, the son of the unloved one, and allot to him a double portion of all he possesses; since he is the first fruit of his vigor, the birthright is his due.
Clearly Moses wasn’t paying attention during Bereshit/Genesis!
…Or was he?
In thinking about this, what if the intention of this law, which so clearly goes against what our own Patriarchs and Matriarchs did, was a way of ensuring it never happened again? What if the point is “Abraham, Sarah, and the rest were righteous beyond measure – so much that we ask for God’s grace in their name. And even THEY screwed this up. So there really outta be a law, to keep our sorry butts in line.”
SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a food which reflects a way in which you learned from a past mistake.