Monday, 7 December 2015

sotah 40

how do the power hierarchies and power structures effect the relationships between the wives?

In between hearing about the power relationships of who passes the torah to whom. who sits, and who stands in the presence of the other, is a little story of two women. Neither of them are named, we know them only as wives of their husbands. The one who is the wife of the interpreter rudely points out to the wife of the learned, yet humble, head rabbi, that her interpreter husband shouldn't need to defer to him.

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