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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How Does Jewish Tradition View Proposition 8? Look at the Midrash for the Story of Noah, This Week's Torah Portion!

(Another perspective...Thanks to the "Kosher Hedgehog")

In Jewish tradition, the weekly Torah portion always has special significance for the week in which it is read.
Therefore it is undoubtedly not coincidental that election day, Tuesday, November 4, the day that Proposition 8 appears on the ballot in California, falls out in the week of Parshat Noach, the Torah portion that relates the story of Noah and the Flood.
The Midrash tells us, twice in fact:

"Rabbi Huna said in the name of Rabbi Yosef, 'The generation of the Flood was not wiped out until they wrote marriage documents for the union of a man to a male or to an animal.'"--Genesis Rabbah 26:5; Leviticus Rabbah 23:9.

"I know...we should have voted 'Yes' on Prop. 8. I guess we missed the boat on that one."

1 comment:

Ratliffs said...

Very interesting! I am also kind of fascinated by what the Jews have recorded. Thanks for sharing!