Midrash, Empathy, and Viagra: A Recipe for Israel Education An ELI Talk by Jon Adam Ross
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Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960, from the SFMOMA collection

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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, NBC News, December 13, 1972

"Remember that there is meaning beyond absurdity."

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(טז) וַיָּבֹ֨א יַעֲקֹ֣ב מִן-הַשָּׂדֶה֮ בָּעֶרֶב֒ וַתֵּצֵ֨א לֵאָ֜ה לִקְרָאת֗וֹ וַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ אֵלַ֣י תָּב֔וֹא כִּ֚י שָׂכֹ֣ר שְׂכַרְתִּ֔יךָ בְּדוּדָאֵ֖י בְּנִ֑י וַיִּשְׁכַּ֥ב עִמָּ֖הּ בַּלַּ֥יְלָה הֽוּא:

(16) When Jacob came home from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You are to sleep with me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” And he lay with her that night.

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והיינו דאמר רבי יוחנן מאי דכתיב (בראשית ל, טז) וישכב עמה בלילה הוא מלמד שהקב"ה סייע באותו מעשה

This is in line with what Rabbi Yohanan stated: What is the implication of the Scriptural text, "And he lay with her in that night" (Genesis 30:16)? It teaches that the Holy One, blessed be God, assisted in that matter.

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