The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Little sisters are OK too

I was inspired to draw this stix by a Tumblr post pointing out how many women had to be brave and smart for Moses to even grow to adulthood. First the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Pu'ah, had to disobey Pharaoh's direct order to put all the boy babies they delivered to death. (When Pharaoh asked them why there seemed to be more Hebrew boys all the time, rather than fewer, the midwives claimed that the Hebrew women were so vigorous that they just popped the babies out before the midwives could even get there. Not like your pampered Egyptian women!) Moses's mother (unnamed in Exodus but elsewhere given the name Jochebed) defied Pharaoh by keeping her baby in secret for three months, giving him a better shot at survival, and then built the waterproof basket that kept him afloat in the Nile. Pharaoh's daughter (also unnamed here, but given the name Bithiah in midrashim) immediately identified the baby she'd found as a Hebrew but decided to adopt him anyway. Moses's sister (also unnamed, but universally identified as Miriam because that's the only sister we know Moses to have had) thought fast and arranged for her mother not only to raise her own baby, but to get paid for it. Wherever men have been, doing things, women have been, doing things. Often our names our lost to history -- often our names are deliberately omitted or eradicated -- but we were there. We will always be there.
Tags: judaism, passover, the bible
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