Sisterly Love, by Marlene Goldberg

How awful to see my big sister, Leah, cry herself to sleep when hearing, “Isaac has twin sons, Esau and Jacob; Laban has twin daughters, Leah and Rachel. So Esau will marry Leah, Jacob – Rachel.”
Esau, the uncouth hunter, Jacob, studious, but muscular – I empathized completely. When Father, Laban, conned Jacob into marrying Leah, I helped her consummate the marriage. Under the bed, I relayed all the intimate signals Leah would need not to be shamed, caught deceiving. Jacob worked seven more years to win my hand in marriage. Another seven to win the flocks he’d raised.
Then we left.


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