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The earliest documented instance of antisemitism with a trope that is still parroted today

Genesis 26:

There was a famine in the land—aside from the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham—and Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, in Gerar.

G-d had appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land which I point out to you.

Reside in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; I will assign all these lands to you and to your heirs, fulfilling the oath that I swore to your father Abraham.

I will make your heirs as numerous as the stars of heaven, and assign to your heirs all these lands, so that all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your heirs— inasmuch as Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge: My commandments, My laws, and My teachings.”

So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

When the local leaders asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he was afraid to say “my wife,” thinking, “The local leaders might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful.”

When some time had passed, Abimelech king of the Philistines, looking out of the window, saw Isaac fondling his wife Rebekah.

Abimelech sent for Isaac and said, “So she is your wife! Why then did you say: ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”

Abimelech said, “What have you done to us! One of the men might have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”

Abimelech then charged all the people, saying, “Anyone who molests this man or his wife shall be put to death.”

Isaac sowed in that land and reaped a hundredfold the same year. G-d blessed him, and the man grew richer and richer until he was very wealthy: he acquired flocks and herds, and a large household, so that the Philistines envied him.

And the Philistines stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham, filling them with earth. And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you have become far too big for us.”

So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the wadi of Gerar, where he settled.


Some time in the 22nd century (on the Hebrew calendar), Isaac settled in Gerar. His actions caused the other nations to feel guilty, planting the seed for resentment towards him. Later, as he grew and became successful through blessings and hard work, the other nations further resented his success, growth and power: expelling him from the land, and threatening his life as a result.

This pattern of guilt, success and resulting resentment is something we experience still today from the establishment and success of the State of Israel, to the Jews becoming an integral and successful part of European society circa pre-WWI through the ultimate atrocity of the Holocaust.


I don’t know where I’m going with this dvar Torah, just something I’ve been musing over in my head since last week.

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