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Hump Day: Did the Patriarchs/Matriarchs Really Ride on Camels?

One of my favorite stories in the Jewish canon occurred in this past week's Torah portion.

"And Isaac went out walking in the field toward evening and, looking up, he saw camels approaching. Raising her eyes, Rebekah saw Isaac. She alighted from the camel..." In itself it's not so exciting, until you realize that "alighted" is a polite word in English for what actually transpired in the Hebrew: she saw Isaac and promptly fell off the camel.


Now, however, an article in the NY Times is saying that perhaps the first-ever recorded instance of "love at first sight" could not have happened as written in the Bible, since camels were not domesticated in the Land of Israel until over half a millennia later. While that may be true, there is a very simple explanation for this if one actually examines the text.


Check out this incredible article by Biblical professor Joshua Berman on the subject: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/yes-virginia-the-patriarchs-really-did-ride-on-camels/


And don't worry. You can still ride on your camels today in Israel.

Just be nice to them, lest it become love at first bite :).


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