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THREAD: Leftovers from #Purim2020.

TITLE: Benjaminite names and the genealogy of Mordecai (in Targum Sheni).

SUB-TITLE: Bodyparts, times of day, trees, and a possible influence from Egypt.
The tribe of Benjamin strikes me as particularly ‘sticky’ as far as personal names are concerned.

That is to say, the Benjaminites appear to have shared a small(ish) group of names and name-types around a large(ish) group of people,

many of which are quite distinctive.
Consider, for instance, the name ‘Gera’ (גֵּרָא).

🔹 Benjamin has both a son and a grandson named Gera (cp. Gen. 46, 1 Chr. 8).

🔹 1 Chr. 8 mentions at least two further Geras (vv. 5–7).
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my holiday message for purim is may all would-be genocidaires meet the same end as he did: strung up in the public square. fuck nazis forever and across time. may you watch your legacy die in front of you. and may the communities you target defend themselves. #purim #antifascism
the moral of #purim is: fuck around and find out. the moral of #purim is self defense against state violence and genocide. it's a pretty radically antifascist holiday.
and to underscore the point here's the polish-jewish artist arthur szyk's rendering of the hanging of haman. we boo and jeer haman's name not because he is uniquely evil, but because his emissaries recur in every generation. and we will never stop fighting back. #Purim2020
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THREAD: In honour of #Purim2020, some (reworked) thoughts on the big story of Benjamin…

…and its connection to the story of #Esther.

Below, a 19th cent. scroll from Iraq (cf.,

w. blessings and curses to be read before and after in the 1st column.

Scripture isn’t a library; it’s a story—one of creation and redemption and more besides.

Intertwined within Scripture, however, are various sub-themes/stories,

which are typically defined by their intertextuality.

In the present note, we’ll consider Benjamin’s.
The story of Benjamin unfolds against an enigmatic backdrop.

When Jacob first meets Rachel (Benjamin’s mother), he begins to weep (Gen. 29.11).

At first blush, his tears appear to be tears of joy.

Might they also, however, embody a deeper significance?
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