Leora Londy-Barash, Rabbinical Student at Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem
|Leah Conceives a Son to Win the Love of Her Husband from Rachel|
Sibling rivalry can be one of the great dividers in a family dynamic. The source of the tension is usually correlated with siblings trying to outshine one other, but can also be due to outside parties stirring the pot. In the Biblical narrative of the sisters, Rachel and Leah, they were pulled apart by tension created by their father, Lavan; tension surrounding the love or lack thereof by their shared husband; and tension regarding fertility and womb envy. They were used as pawns in power-plays between different parties and were never given the true opportunity to grow a sisterly bond.