Story of Leah

Book 1

Leah had weak eyes; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah. And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren And Leah conceived, and bare a son.
“Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.”
“Because the HaShem hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also”
“Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons”
“Now will I praise the LORD:” therefore she called his name Judah; and left off bearing.
And Rachel said: “G-d hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son.”
And Rachel said: “With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed.”
When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.
“Fortune is come!”
“Happy am I! for the daughters will call me happy.”
And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah: “Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s mandrakes.”
And Leah said unto her: “Is it a small matter that thou hast taken away my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also?” And Rachel said: “Therefore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son’s mandrakes.”
And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said: “Thou must come in unto me; for I have surely hired thee with my son’s mandrakes.” And he lay with her that night.
And G-d hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son.
“G-d hath given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband.”
And Leah conceived again, and bore a sixth son to Jacob.
“G-d hath endowed me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.”
And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.
And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.
And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:
And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.
And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went out.
The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.
And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.
And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot? 35:1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.
And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: 35:23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun: The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin: And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali: And the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid: Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.
And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.
And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.
And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.
And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
And Onan knew that the seed should 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 that he should give seed to his brother.
And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.
Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father’s house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house.
And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah’s wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me? And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it? And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.
And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand: but he found her not.
Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.
And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.
And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.
And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.
And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.
their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.
And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food
Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever: For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.
Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh.
My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother? And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.
And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zarah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three.
These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.
Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.
There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

Book 2

Ruth 4:11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem: 4:12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.

Book 3

Ruth 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
4:13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.

Joshua 6:27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.
7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
Judges 1:2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.
20:18 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first.
1 Samuel 11:8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.
2 Samuel 1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
24:9 and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.
Esther 2:6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.

יז ועיני לאה רכות

Edited, but not written, by,

Daniel Triumph.

Passive Regressions

An anthology of very short poems I think would be unfair to publish on their own. Most are for Luisa.

0

For Lululu. Call my name.
(daaaaan!)

1

I’m just a lie, she’s just a fake
I’m just alive, she’s just a lake
I’m just alive, she’s just a lake.

And my hand dissolves from
Murexa
In the lakes.

I thought it was as it seems
But everyone is alone
I thought it was as it seems
But everyone is alone
Is everyone all alone?

3

Only if you want it,
More than you want your own fingertips.

I bit my fingers off,
You can have them.
No, I don’t need them;
Not without you.

4

Go whichever way you need to go,
Nobody can tell us how to build
Your future

Our future?

I would hope so
If you let me.

Strength and devotion
Come without warning

I’m listening.

I know you have to go,
I’ll be there for you in the night.
As your view it crumbles down,

And it will…
Have you ever broken your own heart?

Take it easy.
I will drink your pain away,
I’ll fuck you like a chimpanzee.

Maybe you won’t have to…

But that’s not a promise.

I don’t know.

Take it easy.
Let me wrap my hands all around
your neck
And take whatever you have given,
Take you away.
Now you are mine.

c:

5

This mechanic soul is
is so attainable—I-
I’ve had the blackouts now
I’ve seen you for who you truly are,

Your brightened heart is mine to keep,
Forevermore;
Thy deepened soul is mine to keep
Forevermoreandmore.

6

If I could have my wasted days back
Would I use them to get back on track?
If I had never asked you
Would things have gone as well as they have?

We livin’ a lie yet?

lululu?

My dream date? Sure…

At my place (I don’t have a place), on my shitty couch (no couch either), watching movies people hate (Terminator Salvation, , The Master of Disguise), lots of grunge and metal…probably all at once.

Also Luisa must be there. יז ועיני לאה רכות

[Also Redacted]

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16

I fell into Joseph’s pit but,
Not even Joseph fell into the pit so
Where the fuck am I?

9

Conservative view: We have a deal.
Liberal view: Deals are subject to whim.

10

If you got a question,
Yo just ask it,
Pick up the beat
While the spaghetti man’s slackin’.

11

Choking.

12

Today on the seventh day,
The second day
Away
I woke already thinking of you
I dreamed that you had sent me a note
Wishful dreaming.
My dreams are so cruel.
I loved you, however
I want you more.
You’ve taken my soul
I’m wounded
A piece of my life
I don’t care
Why does having less hurt more
I need you
Why is everything wrong between us
I miss eden
And you will ever come back
I love you.

(Au.25)

An Argument for Symphonia and its theme.

This was a reply to a reddit post that essentially stated that Symphonia was a bad game. The poster argued his point by comparing it to other tales games, instead of judging it on its own terms. I enjoyed the critique, but found it deeply flawed.

This argument contains some spoilers for the first third or so of the story, but nothing game-ruining—I could explain to you the entire plot, and the game still wouldn’t be ruined.

Half-elves, duality, racism, sacrifice, friendship (really?), resources, relationships, right to live? Symphonia, at its core, isn’t about any of these, although it addresses each with reasonable depth and competence. All of those are subthemes that either contribute to the main plot, or flesh out the world. Tales of Symphonia is about systems, and subversion;

Symphonia is about overcoming corruption.

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The tower that reaches up unto the Heavens, The Tower of Salvation.

The crux of the game is introduced at the Tower of Salvation, about one quarter of the way into the game. They find out that the religion of Martel that underlies their journey to regenerate the world is a sham, and that it’s just a tool for a failed system. It’s a corrupted system with a convoluted goal, run by the selfish, in-fighting Cruxis. Most of the latter half of the game is Lloyd (the “gentle idealist”) and company rejecting the dichotomy of, either two worlds vying or one of them dead. Lloyd rejects both and tries to find a way where everything can be decent.

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Lloyd’s philosophy is laid out in the open in front of Vice-Chief Tiga. (Of course, there is more than what is quoted here. Lloyd wishes to find a way to end the struggle between the two worlds. He seeks a solution in which both worlds don’t have to live at the expense of one another.)

There’s a harmony between the form and the content too, which (academically anyway) is a meaningful strength in a narrative. If the game is about subverting corrupted systems, then with each of its characters, it presents an RPG archetype (or system), and then subverts it. Lloyd, the “shounen-hero” standard, becomes a thoughtful idealist, and then acts on those ideas throughout the plot. Collette, the sacrificial Mary Sue, struggles with physical and spiritual illnesses throughout, and is constantly taking on loads of responsibility… and doing it well. Genis, the genius child caster, is (unusually, if you know the type) still childish, despite his ability. He’s a bit racist, arrogant, and he whines and cries about things. I could go on, but feel free to try it yourself. You can look at anyone from Sylvarant and see a video game trope, but if you reflect further (especially on their actions after the Tower even) you’ll see that they unravel their own tropes to reveal depth and individuality.

This marriage of content and form isn’t only found the characters; even the game itself starts off as a cliched system. Four seals? An adventure to save the word? Magitechnology that has gone extinct? an “empire” of bad guys? Sounds like every JRPG from the Super Nintendo to PlayStation era. But, after the Tower of Salvation, this is again shed to reveal something further down in the core of the game. Notice that the Tethe’alla party members don’t seem to fall into tropes like the Symphonia crew do (and if they do, it’s often far less overt). Zelos and Sheena are very strong examples of this.

In Tethe’alla, the Desians are no longer the main threat; there’s an underlying layer beneath it. Seals also now have a doubled reason for existing—the releasing summon spirits. And, of course, the entire system of the two worlds that need to be saved, instead of just one, becomes the active problem in the game.

You don’t have to like Symphonia. You don’t even have to like video games. Plus, the idea of dismantling flawed structures and tyrannical systems doesn’t resonate with everyone. (If you think about it, the theme might be the reason why it’s more popular in the United States than it is in the more conservative Japan.) I advise that you judge Tales of Symphonia for what it’s actively attempting to do with its narrative. Everything else, in the grand scheme of things, is secondary.

Daniel Triumph.

 

P.S. Here’s the original argument to which this post was a reply to, followed by my original rebuttal.


My original reply, from which this post came:

https://www.reddit.com/r/tales/comments/7xwapl/i_finished_symphonia_spoilers/dud8hio/

Fathom’s Second

The prequel to Fathom’s S***** II

Fathom’s Second
(or, Fathom’s Moment, because there are two seconds in a moment.)
Obviously, this was written for direct consumption by Lululu, but love is to share, so here you go.

Daniel Triumph

Fathom’s Moment
Au.3.2018

I’ll be a while
Because I need to see the sun set
What will we do?
Who am I to ask such a question?
We stay two
Because you know how I feel about you
And you don’t know all the things I could do
Can you save me from the twilight?
We don’t know how you feel about it too.
Do you
Thought you were gone
And I guess I was right for a moment
And I guess that I should have known better
Than to think
Think that I could ever know for a moment
What your beautiful soul
What the gift the divine soul could show it
What do I do
Because I really hoped to have known you
All of it gone
I just wish that I’d had a little guidance
Because I’ll be thinking about you oftentimes
And I’ll find my own way now
But I wonder if I’d find you
and I wonder if you would love me even if I did
Because you don’t even make it to my dreams
(Except that one night you did)
What does it mean
That all of my hands have changed since I met you
Has it been for the best I can’t tell you
How do I know
How do I know which is good which is poor and
I want to ask you
But I know that I know what the rules are
And I know that you’ve built up this wall in my way here
And I know that you put it all up
These boundaries
Are they really here for a reason
I’ve been doubting your thoughts for a long time
Because I think you should think for a moment
And I want you to give me a reason
You know I’ve had some negative thoughts now
Like, oh why is she calling the shots now
When she said that she was the one making mistakes
And that I was never to blame
Deals are subject to whim,
But it comes back to us.
You know I think it’s obvious that
That we are both to blame for this place
I said to myself oh how futile
Because you know we both know
We both know that it isn’t just me.
Did I say I would wait?
And did you hear when I called out your name?
“What have I done”
I would think it over and over
Because I really thought it was over
And then you rekindled a bit,
You know it isn’t too late to saw we were wrong
And we know I’ll make sure you don’t regret
That you don’t regret anything that we’ve done
I’ll make sure that I wait for a moment,
But don’t wait too long because you know it
You know that this fades away-
And I really don’t know how you see it
But I’d rather stay here in eden
And would I notice
If you walked beneath the treetops
And I could smell the moss and the branches
Our glowing beams
And if I noticed that you were walking there
If you were all alone, and even if you were not,
I would call out your name.

P.S.

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