The Dudaim Revisited

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Dec 4, 2019
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The enigmatic story of the דודאים (mandrakes) which Reuven picked, brought to Leah but which Rachel desired and then bartered for a night with Yaakov, has curious parallels with an incident in the interactions between Esav and Yaakov. Identifying a broader theme in Beresheet and noting the numerous symmetrical analogues with a vital scene in the early lives of Yaakov and Esav, we propose a dramatic reading of the passage with ontological import for Yaakov.

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