Monday, June 27, 2016

Miriam, the Ish Kushite and US History

Does history repeat itself? Of course not. But for fun let's consider this historical coincidence:

Miriam takes offense to Moshe's wife and seeks to disparage her (Numbers 12). As mentioned previously, the Ri suggests Miriam was upset that Moshe elected to stay married to a Cushite* after becoming a top-tier-prophet. After rising to high office, he should have selected a woman of more prestigious origins and stature. By staying married to the Cushite* Moshe undermined the honor of all prophets, Aaron and Miriam included.

Floride Calhoun, wife of the Vice President in 1830, compels other prominent Washington women to socially ostracize Peggy O'Neill Eaton, wife of the War Secretary, due to what was considered her failure to meet the moral standards of a cabinet wife. (She had worked in a bar, and may had conducted a premarital affair with Eaton while still married to another man) By marrying Peggy, Secretary Eaton undermined the honor of all cabinet official and their wives.

Read more about the Eaton story here:
The Petticoat affair (also known as the Eaton affair) was an 1830–1831 U.S. scandal involving members of President Andrew Jackson's Cabinet and their wives. Led by Floride Calhoun, wife of Vice President John C. Calhoun, the women socially ostracized John Eaton, the Secretary of War, and his wife Pe...
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