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Epitome of Truth: Parashat Toledot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)

Parashat Toledot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/epitome_of_truth_parashat_toledot_genesis_2519-289_20101103

The ancient Romans were known for their wild and weird rituals, but one of them, recorded in the Talmud (Avodah Zarah 11b), is of special interest to us. It is said that once every 70 years, Romans would have a healthy man, wearing the legendary garments of Adam, ride on the back of a limping man, who wore the mask of a Jew as he walked through the streets of Rome. At the head of the parade an announcer would repeatedly say: “Our master’s brother is a forger. Whomever sees this parade let him enjoy, because there will not be another for 70 more years. Forgery has not benefited the forger nor deceit benefited the deceiver!”

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