Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. The two rabbis, Rabbi Joseph and Abbaye are reacting to the story in very different ways. Both acknowledge the fact that the infant was saved, but for R. Joseph the gender-bending was a necessary piece of the saving gesture; for Abbaye it was a corrupting and unnatural transformation that turned a man into a freak. For Abbaye, this can only be how God helps a bad man save his child. For a good man, heaven would have found a better solution. Setting aside whether divine intervention in the world works in this way for us, do you find Rabbi Joseph or Abbaye closer to truth? Is a man with breasts a wonder (R. Joseph) or a monster (Abbaye)?
2. What makes any bodily difference wonderful or monstrous?
3. Even if you might like R. Joseph's position better, can you explain Abbaye' position in a thoughtful manner?