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Interpretation and Static Cultures/Societies Essay

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  • on November 18, 2013
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 830 words

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The society that Friedman uses as an example is a static society, never changing, content to use the same outdated processes for more modern progressive issues, and as such, interpretation is necessary. When applying outdated laws to a modern situation, Friedman is correct in most cases by saying that the interpretation becomes distorted, but most commonly observed is that it is the results that end up distorted when one applies outdated laws to modern situations.
    In Jewish folklore and mythology, Adam’s first wife was named Lilith. Instead of being created from Adam’s rib like Eve, Lilith was created at the same time as Adam, during Rosh Hashanah. But Lilith refused to be subservient to Adam, believing that as they were created at the same time, out of the same material (unlike Eve), they were then equals. Because of her rebellion, she was cast out of the garden, and when she tried to bear a child with the archangel Samael, God cursed her with infertility and damned her to be a demon. As the myth goes, any children she creates are demons. In the creation of Eve/womankind, it is said “This one shall be called Woman, for from Man was she taken” (Berger 14). As punishment for eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, Eve was cursed with pain during childbirth, but also with the knowledge that despite the severe pain, she would still want her husband and that “he shall rule over you” (Berger 15).
    Most monotheistic religions have a tendency to be sexist, and have a sense of entitled patriarchy, and Judaism is no exception. According to all texts, a woman should let her husband rule over her, and any form of rebellion must be stifled and shut down, as seen with the reduction of the ketubah, when dealing with a “rebellious wife” (Berger 151). Yet, abortions are allowed, practically left up to the decision of the mother, as well as divorce, an act championed by Maimonides, who was by all accounts a misogynist (Segal 74, Berger 6). After all...

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