Abraham arranges a wife for his estranged son Isaac without Isaac’s knowledge in this week’s Torah portion is Chayyei Sarah. Here is a link to my 2015 blog post: Chayyei Sarah: Loss of Trust.
The book of Genesis is full of dysfunctional families committing acts of dubious ethical value. This past week I wrote the chapter of my Genesis book on Noah, and found more examples. Fortunately I had already written a Torah monologue from the viewpoint of Noah’s wife, whom I picture as out of place in the pre-flood world of brutality. Do Noah and his family bring the seeds of more brutality with them on the ark?