Date: 2016-09-11 12:31 am (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
Hahahah yes I am not at all surprised that you discovered that taking out Schoenberg totally changes everything. Moses und Aron is really fundamentally different from everything else, that's the thing that attracts me to it. Welcome to the club. I've been ranting at anyone who will listen about how leaving out the splitting of the sea changes everything and the giving of the Ten Commandments completely changes the meaning of the story, and everyone just smiles and nods. NOW YOU UNDERSTAND.

But yes I love this so much. I love how you construct from plausible hints in the text this complete female-oriented power structure in the Midbar. I love how you stay true to so many textual traditions while flipping them on their heads, and how your Miriam is not guilty in the way the traditional readings say she is, but that doesn't make her a perfect person without her own flaws.

I love how Moses looms over the story, as this great figure everyone admires and looks up to, but with the understanding that he too is human and has his blind spots and faults.

And I love how God looms over this story, how unlike in Wilderness and unlike in M&A for that matter, everyone in As Sisters has faith in an interventional God. I think my favorite line in the whole story is "The Lord has heard your thoughts, she thought to herself, amused. It is time to see whether you actually meant them." The fact that God is so present in the lives of the Midbar generation is one of the reasons it's so hard to create recognizable human versions, one of the reasons I keep writing and rewriting and rewriting Exodus stories, and I love your version of living under the direct auspices of God.
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