Why They Met Rahab First

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Abe Mezrich

Who else would a Canaanite be 
but a lone whore?

But then again, why did she hide those Israelites / titzpino / תצפנו
tucking them at night beneath the branches
like a mother tucking children in for bed

or like Moses’ mother, 
hiding / hatzpino / הצפינו
her baby 
from all the cruelty of Egypt?


What do you mean when you say:
That sinful people?

Abe Mezrich is the author of three books of poetry on the Torah: The House at the Center of the World; Between the Mountain and the Land Lies the Lesson; and most recently Words for a Dazzling Firmament, all from Ben Yehuda Press.