• opheliart

    “Who’s your favorite wicked/rebellious “child” in Jewish history — or in your own religious culture?”

    Jesus. He asked, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”



  • Love the daughters of Z — Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah — and God’s fairness in dealing with them!

  • Jack

    That’s an interesting take on the wicked son. I thought he was called wicked because he said “you,” not “we,” thus deeming himself as outside of the community….and thus not even wrestling with, let alone obeying, his God.

    As for rebelliousness, one way to sum up is to say that while God is sovereign over all things, this world is not yet redeemed, as evidenced by all the injustices and violence we see around us.

    Viewed in that sense, being a good person is being both obedient and a rebel.

    A person who does good in the world is one who is obeying the ultimate Sovereign of the universe, while rebelling against the forces of injustice and tyranny and violence in our current world.

    Thus goodness doesn’t always mean niceness. Rebels against injustice often aren’t “nice,” but they are good.

  • Susan

    I would add Abraham Joshua Heschel and his daughter Sussanah Heschel. There are a lot of Jewish women who helped create the modern Feminist movement that are too numerous to mention.