Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. Note: This folk wisdom that identifies a downward faced infant in the womb as a male and an upward faced infant as a female derives from the sexual positions of the parents in coitus. The man on top is always looking down to the ground and a woman beneath him is always looking up to the chest of her male partner.
2. Using this method, the midwives could have known which babies were male and which female early on and so could have killed the boys without the mothers knowing. Here the rule, men above and women below, is a part of an Egyptian "selection" for death. Do you detect, not only in the biblical story, but in the rabbis retelling of it, a sense of resistance to this rule that the midwives represent?