Saturday, March 8, 2014

Genesis: Chapter 30

A tangled triangle
move and counter-move

and within
the terrible emptiness

Tottering on no-being
"If nothingness..."

(To read the full chapter, click here
The first verse holds a powerful punch: "Give me children, and if not [lit. if nothingness, ayin] I die
echoes of Rebecca's  "Why am I?"
The liminal state of motherhood raises existential questions, uncertainty about the limits of self
For Rachel, the problem is more acute. She seems to hover at the edge of non-being. In the morning, transformed into "she is Leah"; her sister dominates the family, at last even claiming Jacob as her husband, whom Rachel stole. A growing gap, in which she is begging to be heard, and is drowned out...)

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