April 5, Reading 1 – Leviticus 12:1-13:23


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SAA Notes

Feminists have often got very heated over this chapter – the bit where a woman is unclean for twice as long with the birth of a girl. This is because we moderns don’t put two and two together very well. These women, who might have disappointed various powerful figures (mother-in-law, husband, aunts) in their extended family by producing a daughter, were given a protected space of 66 days where they could not be worked, have sex or be harassed. This is a regulation that blessed the women of the day – for a despised daughter they got twice as long off as for the desired son!

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