B’reshit 38 – ברשית לח

1And it came to pass at that time, that Yehudah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adulami, whose name was Khirah. 2And Yehudah saw there a daughter of a certain Kena’ani whose name was Shu’ah; and he took her, and went in unto her. 3And she conceived, and bore a son; and he called his name Eir. 4And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she called his name Onan. 5And she yet again bore a son, and called his name Shelah; and he was at Kheziv, when she bore him. 6And Yehudah took a wife for Eir his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7And Eir, Yehudah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of  יהוה  ; and  יהוה  slew him. 8And Yehudah said unto Onan, “Go in unto your brother’s wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother unto her, and raise up seed to your brother.” 9And Onan knew that the seed would not be his; and it came to pass when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother. 10And the thing which he did was evil in the sight of  יהוה  ; and He slew him also. 11Then Yehudah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, “Remain a widow in your father’s house, till Shelah my son is grown up;” for he said, “Lest he also die, like his brethren.” And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house. 12And in process of time Shu’ah’s daughter, the wife of Yehudah, died; and Yehudah was comforted, and went up unto his sheep-shearers to Timnatah, he and his friend Khirah the Adulami. 13And it was told Tamar, saying, “Behold, your father-in-law goes up to Timnatah to shear his sheep.” 14And she put off from her the garments of her widowhood, and covered herself with her veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the entrance of Enayim, which is by the way to Timnatah; for she saw that Shelah was grown up, and she was not given unto him as a wife. 15When Yehudah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; for she had covered her face. 16And he turned unto her by the way, and said, “Come, I pray, let me come in unto you;” for he knew not that she was his daughter-in-law.  And she said, “What will you give me, that you may come in unto me?” 17And he said, “I will send you a kid of the goats from the flock.”  And she said, “Will you give me a pledge, till you send it?” 18And he said, “What pledge shall I give you?” And she said, “Your signet and your petil, and your staff that is in your hand.” And he gave them to her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. 19And she arose, and went away, and put off her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. 20And Yehudah sent the kid of the goats by the hand of his friend the Adulami, to receive the pledge from the woman’s hand; but he found her not. 21Then he asked the men of her place, saying, “Where is the harlot that was at Enayim by the wayside?” And they said, “There has been no harlot here.” 22And he returned to Yehudah, and said, “I have not found her”; and also the men of the place said, “There has been no harlot here.” 23And Yehudah said, “Let her take it, lest we are put to shame; behold, I sent this kid, and you have not found her.” 24And it came to pass about three khadashim after, that it was told Yehudah, saying, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; and moreover, behold, she is with child by harlotry.” And Yehudah said, “Bring her forth, and she shall burn.” 25When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, “By the man whose these are am I with child.” And she said, “Discern, I pray, whose are these, the signet, and the petilim, and the staff.” 26And Yehudah acknowledged them, and said, “She is more righteous than I; forasmuch as I gave her not to Shelah my son.” And he knew her again no more. 27And it came to pass in the time of  her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. 28And it came to pass, when she travailed, that one put out a hand; and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, “This came out first.” 29And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out; and she said, “Why have you made a breach for yourself?” Therefore his name was called Peretz. 30And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand; and his name was called Zarakh.

אוַיְהִי בָּעֵת הַהִוא וַיֵּרֶד יְהוּדָה מֵאֵת אֶחָיו; וַיֵּט עַד אִישׁ עֲדֻלָּמִי וּשְׁמוֹ חִירָה. בוַיַּרְא שָׁם יְהוּדָה בַּת אִישׁ כְּנַעֲנִי וּשְׁמוֹ שׁוּעַ; וַיִּקָּחֶהָ וַיָּבֹא אֵלֶיהָ. גוַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן; וַיִּקְרָא אֶת שְׁמוֹ עֵר. דוַתַּהַר עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן; וַתִּקְרָא אֶת שְׁמוֹ אוֹנָן. הוַתֹּסֶף עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן וַתִּקְרָא אֶת שְׁמוֹ שֵׁלָה; וְהָיָה בִכְזִיב בְּלִדְתָּהּ אֹתוֹ. אֶת שְׁמוֹ שֵׁלָה; וְהָיָה בִכְזִיב בְּלִדְתָּהּ אֹתוֹ. ווַיִּקַּח יְהוּדָה אִשָּׁה לְעֵר בְּכוֹרוֹ; וּשְׁמָהּ תָּמָר.  זוַיְהִי עֵר בְּכוֹר יְהוּדָה רַע בְּעֵינֵי יהוה ; וַיְמִתֵהוּ יהוה .  חוַיֹּאמֶר יְהוּדָה לְאוֹנָן בֹּא אֶל אֵשֶׁת אָחִיךָ וְיַבֵּם אֹתָהּ; וְהָקֵם זֶרַע לְאָחִיךָ. טוַיֵּדַע אוֹנָן כִּי לֹּא לוֹ יִהְיֶה הַזָּרַע; וְהָיָה אִם בָּא אֶל אֵשֶׁת אָחִיו וְשִׁחֵת אַרְצָה לְבִלְתִּי נְתָן זֶרַע לְאָחִיו. יוַיֵּרַע בְּעֵינֵי יהוה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה; וַיָּמֶת גַּם אֹתוֹ. יאוַיֹּאמֶר יְהוּדָה לְתָמָר כַּלָּתוֹ שְׁבִי אַלְמָנָה בֵית אָבִיךְ עַד יִגְדַּל שֵׁלָה בְנִי כִּי אָמַר פֶּן יָמוּת גַּם הוּא כְּאֶחָיו; וַתֵּלֶךְ תָּמָר וַתֵּשֶׁב בֵּית אָבִיהָ. יבוַיִּרְבּוּ הַיָּמִים וַתָּמָת בַּת שׁוּעַ אֵשֶׁת יְהוּדָה; וַיִּנָּחֶם יְהוּדָה וַיַּעַל עַל גֹּזְזֵי צֹאנוֹ הוּא וְחִירָה רֵעֵהוּ הָעֲדֻלָּמִי תִּמְנָתָה. יגוַיֻּגַּד לְתָמָר לֵאמֹר: הִנֵּה חָמִיךְ עֹלֶה תִמְנָתָה לָגֹז צֹאנוֹ. ידוַתָּסַר בִּגְדֵי אַלְמְנוּתָהּ מֵעָלֶיהָ וַתְּכַס בַּצָּעִיף וַתִּתְעַלָּף וַתֵּשֶׁב בְּפֶתַח עֵינַיִם אֲשֶׁר עַל דֶּרֶךְ תִּמְנָתָה: כִּי רָאֲתָה כִּי גָדַל שֵׁלָה וְהִוא לֹא נִתְּנָה לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה. טווַיִּרְאֶהָ יְהוּדָה וַיַּחְשְׁבֶהָ לְזוֹנָה: כִּי כִסְּתָה פָּנֶיהָ. טזוַיֵּט אֵלֶיהָ אֶל הַדֶּרֶךְ וַיֹּאמֶר הָבָה נָּא אָבוֹא אֵלַיִךְ כִּי לֹא יָדַע כִּי כַלָּתוֹ הִוא; וַתֹּאמֶר מַה תִּתֶּן לִי כִּי תָבוֹא אֵלָי. יזוַיֹּאמֶר אָנֹכִי אֲשַׁלַּח גְּדִי עִזִּים מִן הַצֹּאן; וַתֹּאמֶר אִם תִּתֵּן עֵרָבוֹן עַד שָׁלְחֶךָ. יחוַיֹּאמֶר מָה הָעֵרָבוֹן אֲשֶׁר אֶתֶּן לָךְ וַתֹּאמֶר חֹתָמְךָ וּפְתִילֶךָ וּמַטְּךָ אֲשֶׁר בְּיָדֶךָ; וַיִּתֶּן לָהּ וַיָּבֹא אֵלֶיהָ וַתַּהַר לוֹ. יטוַתָּקָם וַתֵּלֶךְ וַתָּסַר צְעִיפָהּ מֵעָלֶיהָ; וַתִּלְבַּשׁ בִּגְדֵי אַלְמְנוּתָהּ. כוַיִּשְׁלַח יְהוּדָה אֶת גְּדִי הָעִזִּים בְּיַד רֵעֵהוּ הָעֲדֻלָּמִי לָקַחַת הָעֵרָבוֹן מִיַּד הָאִשָּׁה; וְלֹא מְצָאָהּ. כאוַיִּשְׁאַל אֶת אַנְשֵׁי מְקֹמָהּ לֵאמֹר אַיֵּה הַקְּדֵשָׁה הִוא בָעֵינַיִם עַל הַדָּרֶךְ; וַיֹּאמְרוּ לֹא הָיְתָה בָזֶה קְדֵשָׁה. כבוַיָּשָׁב אֶל יְהוּדָה וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא מְצָאתִיהָ; וְגַם אַנְשֵׁי הַמָּקוֹם אָמְרוּ לֹא הָיְתָה בָזֶה קְדֵשָׁה. כגוַיֹּאמֶר יְהוּדָה תִּקַּח לָהּ פֶּן נִהְיֶה לָבוּז; הִנֵּה שָׁלַחְתִּי הַגְּדִי הַזֶּה וְאַתָּה לֹא מְצָאתָהּ. כדוַיְהִי כְּמִשְׁלֹשׁ חֳדָשִׁים וַיֻּגַּד לִיהוּדָה לֵאמֹר זָנְתָה תָּמָר כַּלָּתֶךָ וְגַם הִנֵּה הָרָה לִזְנוּנִים; וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוּדָה הוֹצִיאוּהָ וְתִשָּׂרֵף. כההִוא מוּצֵאת וְהִיא שָׁלְחָה אֶל חָמִיהָ לֵאמֹר לְאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר אֵלֶּה לּוֹ אָנֹכִי הָרָה; וַתֹּאמֶר הַכֶּר נָא לְמִי הַחֹתֶמֶת וְהַפְּתִילִים וְהַמַּטֶּה הָאֵלֶּה. כווַיַּכֵּר יְהוּדָה וַיֹּאמֶר צָדְקָה מִמֶּנִּי כִּי עַל כֵּן לֹא נְתַתִּיהָ לְשֵׁלָה בְנִי; וְלֹא יָסַף עוֹד לְדַעְתָּהּ. כזוַיְהִי בְּעֵת לִדְתָּהּ; וְהִנֵּה תְאוֹמִים בְּבִטְנָהּ. כחוַיְהִי בְלִדְתָּהּ וַיִּתֶּן יָד; וַתִּקַּח הַמְיַלֶּדֶת וַתִּקְשֹׁר עַל יָדוֹ שָׁנִי לֵאמֹר וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ פָּרֶץ. לוְאַחַר יָצָא אָחִיו אֲשֶׁר עַל יָדוֹ הַשָּׁנִי; וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ זָרַח.